Callum Ilott will make his first of several appearances in a practice session for Alfa Romeo at this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix.
The 22-year-old has been announced as the team’s new reserve driver. He will participate in Friday’s first practice session, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car.
Ilott will share the reserve role with Robert Kubica, who will be unable to appear for the team at some rounds due to clashing commitments racing in the European Le Mans Series. The Ferrari Driver Academy member was due to have his first outing in an official practice session last year with Haas in the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. However poor weather on the Friday prevented any F1 sessions from taking place.
Alfa Romeo’s new reserve driver already has experience of their cars from testing. “The two sessions I had with the team in the last two years have been extremely useful in getting me accustomed to the way a Formula 1 team works,” said Ilott. “I am confident I can hit the ground running in my new role as one of the reserve drivers at Alfa Romeo.”
Ilott finished runner-up to Mick Schumacher in Formula 2 last year. “His journey through the junior series has been an impressive one and he is without doubt one of the most talented young drivers coming through the ranks,” said Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur.
“He has worked with us before, each time leaving a lasting impression thanks to his work ethic and good feedback, and I have no doubt he will be a very positive addition to Robert Kubica, who will be unavailable on various occasions due to his other racing programmes.”
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