Marino Sato and Yuki Tsunoda, stars of the 2019 Euroformula season, made their test debuts in contemporary Formula 1 machinery at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit today along with Jack Aitken, another Euroformula graduate, who made his GP debut at Sakhir a fortnight ago.
The test is one of just a handful of opportunities afforded to young drivers to sample one of the fastest single-seater racing cars in the world, and long-time racing rivals Sato and Tsunoda both lined up for the grand prix-winning AlphaTauri team.
After their successful 2019, where Sato became Euroformula champion with nine wins and Honda junior Tsunoda claimed his first European racing win at Hockenheim, the pair moved up to Formula 2 this year.
Tsunoda was a title contender with top team Carlin and claimed three victories, while Sato was hampered by persistent reliability problems early in his rookie season but recovered to make it onto the scoring board. They were among six Euroformula graduates on the F2 grid this year.
Former Euroformula race winner in 2016 Jack Aitken, who made his F.1 race debut at Sakhir in the penultimate GP of the season, drove again for the Williams team, where he is the official reserve driver.
Sébastien Buemi was also in action at the test with Red Bull Racing, having obtained a derogation to take part in the rookie test, as did other F.1 stars, such as Fernando Alonso, Robert Kubica and StoffelVandoorne. The Swiss, a Formula E and World Endurance champion Buemi, raced briefly in Euroformula back in 2005.