The one-day run that takes place on the Tuesday after the Abu Dhabi season finale had originally been intended for young drivers only.The rules surrounding the test stated that it would only be open to drivers who had competed in no more than two grands prix, ‘unless otherwise approved by the FIA’.That potential for exemption was used by Renault to successfully lobby motor racing’s governing body for it to be allowed to run Fernando Alonso, who is returning to F1 after two seasons away. The FIA accepted that Alonso should be given special approval because of his long absence. A clarification was made that drivers who had not raced in 2020 would be allowed to join the test even if they had competed in more than two grands prix in their career. That stance opened the door for Alonso to join the test, with Red Bull also set to run former grand prix driver Sebastian Buemi as well.With that exemption being granted, and a number of rival teams unhappy about the situation, there was a fresh push by other teams who will have new drivers next year to also be allowed to run them. Read Also: Ferrari: It’s “common sense”… Read full this story
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