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F1| Sainz to test Ferrari SF71H in January 2021 ahead of pre-season testing

Among all the drivers who are changing teams next year,  Sainz is the only one who'll have a chance to do some millage with the prancing horse before pre-testing season next year.. 

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F1| Sainz to test Ferrari SF71H in January 2021 ahead of pre-season testing
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Ferrari - Carlos Sainz:

Next year, Carlos Sainz will chance to a new culture and family by moving to Scuderia Ferrari. A new challenge and new adventure will begin to make him complete his dream, a dream which every driver to wish for.

However, the Spaniard will have to manage to find the pace of the new car. And most importantly, to understand the Italian machine and also people of the red team. He has just three days of official testing being allowed next year where we will see him testing the 2018 Ferrari car to give him some mileage.

Rules allow the use of two-year-old cars without restriction.

“Obviously we are trying to organise something for Carlos. To make sure he can speed up his integration with the team, with the engineers, with the car, with our way of working, our procedures.

“We are [also] currently trying to organise time to run with an old car. Just to make sure again [he can] get used to the team and our procedures and know the people.” said Binotto.

"The simulator will be important in that respect - with the simulator he may work with his race team, his engineers, his technicians.

"We are currently trying to organise, January time eventually, to run with an old car, just to make sure again he gets used mainly to our team and procedures, and know the people."

McLaren - Daniel Riccardo:

Teams have to look for other ways to help their drivers out but it looks like that the other drivers who have changed squads next year such as Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel none of them will get the chance to test an old car with their new team, McLaren and Aston Martin ”if there's one” until the pre-season testing which is most likely to be held in Bahrain instead in Spain. Winter testing has been shortened to three since there will be not a major development in the cars next year as F1 teams have agreed on.

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has spoken out that the team does not have the opportunity to run a ”Renault-powered” 2018 model for Ricciardo.

"In terms of running an old car, unfortunately, we don't have this possibility at the moment," said the German.

"We are not geared up for it due to the recent power unit changes we had at McLaren.

"In the end, we have certain resources within the team that are limited, at some point, and we simply need to make decisions of how we want to use these resources for the maximum outcome in the end in terms of results."

Seidl believes that much can be achieved with the team's new driver even without track running.

"I'm working on the plan together with all departments," he said.

"The technical side, but also on the communication side and the marketing side, to get Daniel integrated from the first of January onwards, as quickly as possible.

"Of course, it's challenging, with only having three days [of testing].

"But these are the regulations, how they are. So I don't waste any energy thinking about how bad that is, it's the challenge we're in. And we simply have to get on with it."

“Daniel is a very experienced driver. We have a lot of experienced guys in the team. And we approach this with a lot of positivity. I'm sure we will be in good shape once we go to the first race next year.”

Aston Martin - Sebastian Vettel:

Vettel will join a team that is on the up in Aston Martin, currently known as Racing Point.

Racing Point boss Otmar Szafnauer confirmed that Vettel will until his first appearance with the new Aston Martin.

"We too don't have the ability to run a two-year-old car," he said.

"So we'll be doing everything we can with Seb to get him integrated into the team, do a lot of sim work with him as well, and use the three days of testing that we have to the best of our ability to get him ready for the first race."

Szafnauer told BBC early this year that ”Sebastian is a proven champion and brings a winning mentality that matches our own ambitions for the future as Aston Martin F1 Team.”

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