Carlos Sainz Jr. will have a test with Red Bull – his second (July 2013, Silverstone) for the team – at the upcoming postseason test at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Sainz will drive the RB10 on day one, November 25, with Daniel Ricciardo taking over on November 26.
Red Bull wrote its release this way: “In October, Carlos became the youngest ever Formula Renault 3.5 series Champion and, as part of his title win, the 20-year-old has been awarded a day’s testing in the team’s current Formula One car. The reward is handed to the series winner, on the condition that he or she is not affiliated to any other young driver program linked to a top team.”
Sainz still appears to be in the frame for the vacant Scuderia Toro Rosso seat alongside Max Verstappen for 2015, although team boss Franz Tost has confirmed the team will only make its decision after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this season.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.