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F1 | Lawson and Shwartzman to run in FP1 for AlphaTauri and Ferrari respectively, say Tost and Mekies

Franz Tost, Laurent Mekies and Alan Permane talk about FP1 rookie testing after summer break with some weekend exclusions dedicated to Pirelli tyre testing and the weekend slots are getting "full"

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F1 | Lawson and Shwartzman to run in FP1 for AlphaTauri and Ferrari respectively, say Tost and Mekies
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Speaking in Hungary last weekend, Franz Tost, Laurent Mekies and Alan Permane talked about the most recent update on their intension for FP1 rookie racing and how difficult it is to find a slot since Singapore, Suzuka is a little awkward and Alfa Romeo indicated they don't want to do it on weekends when FP2 is dedicated for Pirelli tyre testing.

Looking at the calendar after the summer break, the weekend slots are essentially "full". 

Teams must make numerous choices in order to plan rookie runs, with locations like Singapore and Suzuka needing maximum track mileage for race drivers.

In response to that, Franz Tost, comments, "Currently we plan to run Liam Lawson in FP1 in Spa". 

Liam Lawson, aged 19, drives for Team Carlin and part of the Red Bull Junior Team currently sits eighth in standings with 88 points. Lawson will have to juggle his F1 and F2 campaigns facing the danger in picking Spa as there is the high probability of rain may make things tough for the rookie if FP1 becomes a wet session or for the driver if he misses important dry running and subsequent sessions are wet.

For Laurent Mekies, "For us it's Robert Shwartzman that will do our two FP1s. We haven't exactly decided on which events it's going to be. You are right in saying that you would not pick races like Singapore or races where the race drivers need more running. I don't think we have an issue in doing it during one of the weekends where have Pirelli testing". 

Robert Shwartzman, aged 22, who recently registered under an Israeli licence, recently practiced in a 2021 vehicle as part of his preparation. 

And lastly, Alan Permane, "Yeah, it's not a huge issue to find a weekend, there are plenty, and I think we'll see Oscar in our car, either in Spa or Monza for the first time" 

Oscar Piastri, aged 21, and 2021 Formula 2 Champion with Prema Racing currently a reserve driver for BWT Alpine Formula One Team. Alpine's intensions are still uncertain but Piastri has been doing private testing with the 2021 vehicle.

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