F1 reserve drivers Alex Albon, Dany Kvyat and Robert Kubica will be up and running today and tomorrow at the Circuit de Catalunya as Pirelli continues its 18-inch tyre test program.
The Italian manufacturer is fine-tuning the development of the new tyres that will be introduced next season as part of Formula 1's 2022 regulation changes.
All F1 teams – with the exception of Williams which does not have an available mule car – are taking part in the test program that started at Jerez in February with Ferrari and which will conclude mid-September at Magny Cours.
Red Bull and Alfa Romeo are in action today in Barcelona, with Albon and Kubica, and the test will provide the former with an opportunity to stretch his legs onboard an F1 car as the British-Thai driver hopes for a return to the grid in 2022.
The action at @Circuitcat_eng isn’t over yet! We’ve got three teams testing 2022 #Fit4F1 18-inch tyres for us starting from tomorrow. @AlpineF1Team and @kvyatofficial will be testing on Wednesday. @F1 @fia pic.twitter.com/TX9BDt2ZGi
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Another driver who hasn't completely given up on his F1 prospects is Dany Kvyat who will take to the track on Wednesday for the very first time with Alpine, albeit onboard a 2019-spec Renault.
Mercedes – which sampled Pirelli's 18-inch tyres at Imola last month – is earmarked for a second test with Pirelli, just days after the Monaco Grand Prix, at the Circuit Paul Ricard.