Haas to run Ferrari junior Shwartzman in Abu Dhabi rookie test

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Haas to run Ferrari junior Shwartzman in Abu Dhabi rookie test

Ferrari junior Robert Shartzman will enjoy a day of testing onboard Haas' 2021 car next month in Abu Dhabi.

The US outfit will entrust a car to the 22-year-old Russian – a six-time race winner in the FIA Formula 2 Championship – at the two-day post season test at Yas Marina where each F1, team save for Williams, will run a mule car fitted with 18-inch wheels as part of Pirelli's tyre testing program, and a 2021-spec car on one day exclusively assigned to a rookie status driver.

"First of all, I would like to thank Haas F1 Team, Scuderia Ferrari and the Ferrari Driver Academy for this great opportunity," said Shwartzman.

"This will be my first test with Haas and I'm really looking forward to getting to know a new team, environment and also to learn as much as possible from them.

"Having the chance to drive for another F1 team is just incredible and I can't wait to work with everyone."

The 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship winner already has some F1 experience under his belt, having tested for Ferrari on several occasions in the past, including last year at Yas Marina at F1's previous rookie test.

"We're looking forward to testing with Robert at Yas Marina in December," said Haas team principal Gunther Steiner.

"He's obviously highly rated by Ferrari – having been part of their driver program since the end of 2017.

Robert Shwartzman (RUS) Ferrari Academy Driver. 11.12.2020. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

"His ability is clearly in evidence when you look at his performances over the last few seasons – most notably his rookie campaign in Formula 2 last year – competing against the likes of our own two drivers Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.

"We are pleased to be able to give Robert an outing in a Formula 1 car and we look forward to working with him in Abu Dhabi."

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Shartzman won't be the only rookie taking to the track in Abu Dhabi, with Aston Martin running sim driver Nick Yelloly at the test.

Alfa Rome Racing has also requested that Valtteri Bottas be released by Mercedes in order to make his debut with the Swiss outfit at the post-season test.

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Hamilton fastest lap attempt in Qatar prevented by time

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Hamilton fastest lap attempt in Qatar prevented by time

Mercedes says that it could not respond to Max Verstappen's late but successful effort to snatch the fastest lap in Qatar as Lewis Hamilton was constrained by time.

Red Bull brought Verstappen in for a fresh set of soft tyres with just two laps to go in last Sunday's race and succeeded in adding an extra point to his tally, thus limiting his deficit in the Drivers' standings to 8 points ahead of the final two rounds of the season.

Verstappen's achievement left a bit of a "bittersweet" feeling with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

"The initial feeling is bittersweet," he told told Sky F1 at the time. "The two World Championships are very important right now.

"Lewis was great, but that point they have achieved is somewhat frustrating, but it is great that we won the race."

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin explained why Hamilton didn't follow suit and try to make the bonus point his own.

"Red Bull deliberately timed it so that from their stop, all that Max is able to do is an out lap and a flying lap so he can then take that fastest lap which he actually held anyway from the previous stint," Shovlin explained in Mercedes post-race debrief on YouTube.

"With Lewis, if we had pitted after Max had pitted, all we would have been able to do was the out lap and that obviously doesn't count for fastest lap.

"So it's quite normal that you leave it for the penultimate lap, because when you do stop you open up the window for the race leader, and if you do it on the penultimate lap it means that they have no opportunity to actually set a proper lap time."

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Regarding Mercedes' strategy at Losail, where Hamilton was brought in just after Verstappen in order to prevent the Red Bull driver from undercutting the race leader.

"This is quite normal, when you get into a championship battle," he said. "If you are controlling a race, you are out front, you've built a gap and Lewis was very, very clear of any risk of undercut.

"The best thing you can do if you want to finish ahead of Max is just copy what he does one or two laps later.

"What you don't want to do is to be on a completely different part of the track, [or on] a completely different strategy, because [if there is] an unfortunate Safety Car, or maybe if the tyre degradation doesn't pan out as you expect, you could end up losing that advantage.

"If you see Max leading any of the remaining races, I think they will be doing a very similar thing."

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