Shwartzman ready for Ferrari FP1 debut at US Grand Prix


Shwartzman will take over one of Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz’s F1-75 cars during Friday practice at the Circuit of the Americas as part of the team’s commitment to have two FP1 sessions led by rookies.

Ferrari race director Laurent Mekies previously revealed that Shwartzman, who turns 23 on Friday, will be at the wheel for both sessions, with the location of his second practice session yet to be determined.

“For us it is Robert Shwartzman who will do our two FP1s,” said Mekies in Hungary. “We have not yet decided exactly which events it will be.

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“You wouldn’t pick races like Singapore or races where the drivers have to run more. I don’t think we have a problem doing it on one of the weekends where we have Pirelli tests.”

Robert Shwartzman, Ferrari

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Shwartzman was second to Prema teammate Piastri in the FIA ​​Formula 2 Championship last year and took the FIA ​​F3 crown in 2019.

Shwartzman did not return to F2 this year but took on the role as one of Ferrari’s test drivers and assisted the race team in the simulator.

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He also has hands-on experience with F1 machines, tasting both the Ferrari SF21 and Haas VF-21 at the young drivers test in Abu Dhabi last December.

Switching from a Russian to an Israeli racing license will allow Tel Aviv-born Shwartzman to compete in F1 Grand Prix weekends.

Logan Sargeant joins the session for Williams and also makes his F1 debut.

The F2 driver, who is currently third in the standings with Carlin,

joined Williams Academy last October and got his first taste of F1 machinery when he took part in the post-season F1 test in Abu Dhabi.

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Sargeant takes over Nicholas Latifi’s FW44 for the 60-minute session, fulfilling Williams’ second mandatory rookie FP1 session for the year after Nyck de Vries drove for the team in Barcelona.

He will become the first American since Alexander Rossi in 2015 to participate in an F1 session.

It remains to be seen if McLaren tester and AlphaTauri target Colton Herta will join Shwartzman at COTA FP1.

The IndyCar driver will test for Alpine at the Hungaroring as part of his preparation for a potential race seat.


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