Several teams in Barcelona decide to give a young driver driving time. As part of the sport’s regulations, teams must give a young talent at least two free training sessions per year, although this term is very relative. In practice, these are drivers with little F1 experience, which is why Nyck de Vries is also being discussed. The Frisian driver is allowed to get into Alexander Albon’s car at Williams.
As expected, this team is not alone with the driver change in Barcelona. With teams and drivers knowing the track in Catalonia very well, this is an excellent place to rotate and honor the commitment. For the remainder of the weekend it will cost the cheated rider little – he knows the track like the back of his hand – and teams can also make a little more use of a wealth of data. freestyle to permit.
Red Bull Racing does this by letting Juri Vips ride his first free practice session. The Est will compete with Hitech in Formula 2 this year and has long been part of Red Bull training. He has been fulfilling the role of test driver since 2020, although this had not yet led to an official first training session. Vips has been able to get behind the wheel of an F1 car several times, but not during an official race weekend. That changes on Friday. VIPs are allowed to enter the RB18. Red Bull Racing confirm Vips will get in Sergio Perez’s car and Max Verstappen won’t miss any driving time. The reigning world champion will simply complete all free practice sessions.
Kubica moves to Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo will field Robert Kubica in first free practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday. He drives Zhou Guanyu’s chariot. Kubica also made strides with the Alfa Romeo F1 car earlier this season. At the pre-season test in Barcelona he had the honor of doing the first meters with the car. A few weeks ago he also completed the Pirelli tire test in Imola for the Swiss team. Logically, this substitution does not fall under the rule of giving young talent a chance. Kubica has a financial background as he brings an important sponsor to Alfa Romeo in Orlen.