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F1 | Sakhir GP | Sainz: "I'm willing to test for Ferrari"

The fight over a test seat in Abu Dhabi and what Lando Norris has said about Fernando Alonso to defend his teammate and more...

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F1 | Sakhir GP | Sainz: "I'm willing to test for Ferrari"
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Carlos Sainz is eagerly looking forward to joining his compatriot Fernando Alonso, who has been allowed to take part in the so-called 'young drivers test' in the days after next weekend's season finale in Abu Dhabi.  Sebastien Buemi is also expected to drive for Red Bull and Robert Kubica for Alfa Romeo.

However, Sainz Jr has confirmed that Ferrari is pushing for him to be allowed to take part in the young driver Formula 1 test. Moreover, Lando Norris has stated that Alonso is old comparing to his age saying: "He is twice my age, so I suppose I'm incredibly young,"

"It seems that the hand has been opened up a little, so there could be an opportunity for me," said Sainz at Bahrain

The 26-year-old veteran with 117 Grands Prix to his name said said also: "Personally, I wouldn't take any young driver out of the seat.

"I still don't know because nothing has been said or confirmed yet, but the fact that a hand has been opened for some drivers means that the FIA may also be able to help us. We'll see," he is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I think Callum, Mick, and Robert Shwartzman, I think they are still going to test, so if I jump into a Ferrari, I'm not going to not allow them to test, they're going to still be testing.

"I think Ferrari is one of the teams that are promoting young drivers the most right now.

"So I don't see why I shouldn't also get the chance to test.

"I don't see why they would prevent it, and my contract with McLaren would allow me to do it. But as things stand it looks like Ilott and Shwartzman will be testing for Ferrari there," Sainz admitted.

When asked about what is the plan for him, he said: "I'm not going to say what we are going to do.

"But I'm telling you that I'm very willing to be on that Abu Dhabi test, especially because my contract allows me to do so."

Anyhow, McLaren will not be taking part in the test with their future driver Daniel Ricciardo told them that taking part was never an option, and the reason is that he remains contracted to Renault.

"From my side, I was never going to participate," the Aussie said.

"It was always from 2021 onwards, so I don't really feel like personally, I've lost out because it was nothing I ever expected to do.

"I think Fernando, obviously he's been maintaining a lot of health and fitness.

"He looks in pretty good shape and pretty young - so I think, to the naked eye, he certainly passes as a young driver!"

Sainz is waiting to do his first test with Ferrari before the year ends, but the Italian outfit should receive permission from the FIA for the Spaniard to participate.

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