Shwartzman set for Ferrari FP1 debut at US Grand Prix

Shwartzman will take over one of many F1-75 vehicles of both Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz in Friday apply on the Circuit of the Americas as a part of the workforce’s obligation to have two FP1 classes run by rookies.

Ferrari’s race director Laurent Mekies earlier revealed Shwartzman, who turns 23 on Friday, could be on the wheel for each of these classes, with the situation of his second apply session but to be determined.

“For us it is Robert Shwartzman that may do our two FP1s,” Mekies mentioned in Hungary. “We have not precisely selected which occasions it should be.

“You wouldn’t choose races like Singapore or races the place the race drivers want extra working. I do not assume we’ve got a difficulty in doing it throughout one of many weekends the place we’ve got Pirelli testing.”

Shwartzman was runner-up to Prema teammate Piastri in final yr’s FIA Method 2 championship and took the FIA F3 crown in 2019.

Shwartzman did not return to F2 this yr however as an alternative took up the position as one in all Ferrari’s take a look at drivers, serving to out the race workforce within the simulator.

Robert Shwartzman, Ferrari

Robert Shwartzman, Ferrari

Picture by: Ferrari

He additionally has real-life expertise of F1 equipment, sampling each the Ferrari SF21 and Haas VF-21 finally December’s Abu Dhabi younger driver take a look at.

By switching from a Russian to an Israeli racing licence, Tel Aviv-born Shwartzman is allowed to participate in F1 grand prix weekends.

Logan Sargeant will participate within the session for Williams, additionally making his F1 debut.

The F2 driver, who presently sits third within the standings with Carlin, 

joined the Williams Academy final October and received his first style of F1 equipment when he featured in F1’s post-season take a look at in Abu Dhabi.

Sargeant will take over Nicholas Latifi’s FW44 for the 60-minute session, fulfilling Williams’ second mandated rookie FP1 session for the yr after Nyck de Vries drove for the workforce in Barcelona.

He’ll grow to be the primary American since Alexander Rossi in 2015 to participate in an F1 session.

It stays to be seen if McLaren tester and AlphaTauri goal Colton Herta will be a part of Shwartzman at COTA FP1.

The IndyCar driver is ready to check for Alpine on the Hungaroring as a part of his preparation for a possible race seat.

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