Why Red Bull F1’s all-rookie Abu Dhabi FP1 line-up has value
All teams are required to have a rookie driver participate in one FP1 session during the year. However, Red Bull will have rookies in both of their cars in Abu Dhabi, with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez sitting out. Jake Dennis, the Formula E champion, and F2 star Hadjar will be driving for Red Bull in this session. Red Bull’s team principal, Jonathan Monaghan, believes that having different drivers gives them a new perspective and different feedback on the car’s performance. Monaghan also emphasized the importance of real car experience for sim correlation purposes. He stated that while the race drivers will miss out on track time, the first session in Abu Dhabi is not representative of qualifying and the race conditions.