F1 drivers and juniors completed test run amid the current gap between races with McLaren, Aston Martin and Alpine in action.

The first F1 team to do so were the McLaren pair of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri at Imola last week, where the two drove the MCL35M in a private test. Unlike the other two outfits, the Woking-based team opted to run its regular drivers than test runners.

While there is no possibility to test items in such running, but any outside the weekend running bring some valuable lessons especially when the regular drivers are driving. The gap between Australia and Baku is one reason, but it is not that they absolutely need it.

After McLaren, it was for Aston Martin and Alpine to field its reserve drivers at Silverstone. They did not run on the same day though, with Felipe Drugovich first up in the AMR21, while Jack Doohan followed him a couple of days later – likely in the A521.

Both Drugovich and Doohan ran as part of their reserve programmes, with the former’s run being a sponsored one as per Aston Martin’s social media posts, which regularly tagged the Brazilian’s sponsor.


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