Callum Ilott will return to Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN when he takes the wheel of the team’s C39 in next month’s test session in Abu Dhabi. Illot was meant to drive the car in Free Practice 1 at the German Grand Prix but, practice was called off due to the weather conditions that prevented the Medical Helicopter being able to take off.
The 22-year-old who is currently in second place in the Formula 2 championship , just 22 points behind championship leader Mick Schumacher. He also has previous experience of Formula One machinery, having driven for the team in a test session in Barcelona in 2019.
Formula 2 is heading into its 2 remaining races which will be staged in Bahrain on November 28/29 and December 5/6.
Callum Ilott: “I am really looking forward to being in the car again in Abu Dhabi and I am grateful to Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and the Ferrari Driver Academy for this opportunity. Any chance to drive a Formula One car is important: it’s a way to grow my experience, not just in the cockpit, but also working with the team: the engineers and crew are among the best in the world and there is so much to learn from them, so I am going to make it count.”
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and CEO Sauber Motorsport AG: “Callum is one of the most promising young drivers coming through the ranks, as his performance in F2 has shown this year. He was unlucky to miss out on a chance to show his ability last month, when FP1 was called off at the Nürburgring, so he thoroughly deserves his outing with the team in Abu Dhabi. His attitude and work ethic have left a very positive impression with the team when he tested with us last year and testing with him in Abu Dhabi is something we are really looking forward to.”