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Tost confirms Red Bull’s plans for Abu Dhabi testing

BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 28: Scuderia AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost looks on in the paddock during Day Three of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 28, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

AlphaTauri’s team principal Franz Tost has revealed Red Bull’s plans for the Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test.

Why it matters: The Young Driver Test is important for evaluating drivers’ capabilities in Formula 1, so Liam Lawson and Juri Vips are most likely being evaluated for the future.


  • Formula 1 will require teams to run rookies in practice sessions, starting next year.
  • In the recent years, it has become increasingly difficult for junior drivers to make it to Formula 1 with a combination of a lack of spaces and funding required.

What he had to say:

  • “With us, they are Liam Lawson and Juri Vips, who will also contest the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi. Lawson with us [Alpha Tauri], Vips with Red Bull Racing. Formula 2 is very busy this year.”
  • “There were always too few places in Formula 1. At the moment there are 20 cars and they have the best drivers.”
  • “I don’t see the third car: it starts with who is supposed to finance it. In addition, the paddock and pits are at their limit in terms of space. I don’t even know where to put the third car.”
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