Callum Ilott signed a contract with Alfa Romeo, and he became the second reserve driver of the team, thus he will drive in the FP1 at the Portuguese GP this weekend.
Ilott already tested with the team in 2019 and also in Abu Dhabi at the end of the 2020 season. The Briton will share his work with Robert Kubica, who will not be present at some races since he will drive in other categories.
Last year, Ilott got very close to winning the F2 championship but only managed to finish second behind Mick Schumacher, who is now driving for Haas.
“I am really happy to be joining the team for this season, and I’d like to thank Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and the Ferrari Driver Academy for the trust they have put in me,” said Ilott.
“The two sessions I had with the team in the last two years have been extremely useful in getting me accustomed to the way a Formula 1 team works, and I am confident I can hit the ground running in my new role as one of the reserve drivers at Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN. I can’t wait to be in the car and help the team continue its progress.”
“I am delighted to welcome Callum to our team: his journey through the junior series has been an impressive one, and he is, without doubt, one of the most talented young drivers coming through the ranks.
“He has worked with us before, each time leaving a lasting impression thanks to his work ethic, and good feedback and I have no doubt he will be a very positive addition to Robert Kubica, who will be unavailable on various occasions due to his other racing programs.
“Callum will have a busy program, and we can’t wait to see him on track again this weekend.”