AlphaTauri to run 2020 car at Imola on Wednesday

AlphaTauri Testing 2020

AlphaTauri will become the second team to run its 2020 car before Austria on Wednesday, taking to the track for a filming day at Imola.

Having fired-up its engine on Tuesday, AlphaTauri will now use one of its allotted filming days to complete 100km of running in the AT01 at Imola, which happens to be just a short distance away from AlphaTauri’s base in Faenza.

Like Racing Point before it, the team has opted for limited mileage in their 2020 challenger instead of unlimited mileage in a 2018 car (as done by Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari,) with both Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat expected to participate.

Important not just for the drivers to shake-off their rust, team personnel will also get to practice F1’s new bio-safety measures amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and gather data on a circuit that could host a second Italian GP, should front-runner Mugello fall through.

Formerly the home of the San Marino grand prix, F1 has not raced at the circuit since 2006, although it retains a FIA Grade 1 rating.