Alpine Academy drivers Oscar Piastri and Guanyu Zhou shared driving duties throughout a two-day F1 check at Silverstone this week.
Held over Tuesday and Wednesday, the check was an important a part of Alpine’s continued dedication to its Academy, because it readies its junior drivers for a attainable Method 1 race seat sooner or later.
Within the driving seat on Tuesday was Oscar Piastri, who switched his 620 hp F2 automobile for the extra highly effective R.S.18 fielded in 2018. The Australian arrived at Silverstone on a excessive off the again of a double-podium end across the streets of Monaco final weekend.
The reigning FIA Method 3 champion, accomplished 86 laps in damp circumstances, in what was his second-ever outing contained in the cockpit of a Method 1 automobile.
In the meantime Zhou – the present championship chief in Method 2 – took the reins from his Academy team-mate on Wednesday. In a lot drier climate circumstances, the Chinese language driver accomplished 106 laps in his fifth time testing the R.S.18.
Following the check, each drivers now head to Azerbaijan for spherical three of the Method 2 championship alongside fellow Academy team-mate Christian Lundgaard.
Getting into Baku, Zhou leads the way in which within the standings by sixteen factors to Oscar in second place, with Christian in twelfth after two rounds.
“It has been two days of testing,” mentioned Mia Sharizman, Alpine Academy Director. “It is the primary time we have examined at Silverstone with the R.S.18 automobile and it is clearly the primary time the Academy drivers have finished an F1 check this 12 months.
“Our programme ran easily, regardless of a number of the unhealthy climate for Oscar. He did roughly 500km and accomplished a full F1 race distance, which is sweet contemplating it is his second time in an F1 automobile. Our goal for him was to stand up to hurry with the automobile and proceed his growth.
“For Zhou, it is good to see his continued maturity and he has come on leaps and bounds of late, in what’s his third 12 months within the check programme. It displays in his R.S.18 programme in the present day, the place he accomplished 106 laps, probably the most mileage he has finished with an F1 automobile in a single day.
“Each drivers will take some nice learnings from the 2 days and we’ll proceed to take a look at future check alternatives for all our Academy drivers.”
“It was an excellent expertise driving a Method 1 automobile once more,” mentioned Piastri. “There aren’t many higher mixtures than driving an F1 automobile quick round Silverstone. It was a bit of bit moist within the morning, however we accomplished numerous laps within the afternoon with a number of qualifying and race simulations thrown in there too. I’ve learnt quite a bit from the day and it’ll stick in my thoughts for a very long time. Hopefully, it is the primary of many experiences right here driving an F1 automobile at Silverstone.”
“Yesterday was a very good day,” added Zhou. “It was so good coming from Monaco to Silverstone and feeling the superb downforce in a Method 1 automobile. I adjusted to the automobile immediately despite the fact that it was my first time in an F1 automobile this 12 months. We had some gentle rain at Silverstone, nevertheless it did not impression our plan an excessive amount of and I’m pleased with the progress we made as a staff and for me personally.”