Carlos Sainz has said there is “very little logic” to the post-season test in Abu Dhabi, which he has been blocked from entering by the FIA.
The so-called ‘Young Drivers’ Test’ following the season finale in Abu Dhabi has become anything but with the likes of Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Buemi and Robert Kubica all making appearances for Renault, Red Bull and Alfa Romeo respectively.
It was Alonso’s inclusion in particular that has irked other teams after the FIA granted Renault special dispensation for him to be included in the running.
That threatened to open the floodgates as other teams started to enquire about which drivers they could actually use. Ferrari were one of those teams as they looked to give new recruit Sainz as much time as possible behind the wheel of a Ferrari ahead of the 2021 campaign.
But the FIA has blocked Ferrari from adding Sainz to their post-season rota and that has left Sainz baffled by some of the decision-making in the build-up to the post-season test.
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“There hasn’t been any logic explained to me,” Sainz said in the Abu Dhabi drivers’ press conference on the final media day of the 2020 season.
“Because first of all, I think there’s very little logic behind it. And I think not many people really understand what’s going on.
“Of course, I’m disappointed not being able to test, but I have to accept it, and turn the page.
“I will make sure I’m prepared as much as I can be for next next year.
“For me as it’s only one and a half days testing for each driver next year, the logical thing would have been to open a bit the hand, to some or to all of the drivers who wanted to take part in the Abu Dhabi test.
“Especially knowing it’s two cars per team [in Abu Dhabi], to open one of the cars to at least fit the driver into a car, knowing that next year is the same chassis, and see that everything is more or less working working well – the safety aspects from the jump out test, to the to the fitting of the car itself, are obviously primarily important.
“And those are the things that thanks to the Abu Dhabi test, we would have been able to sort out and get a bit of a head start on and unfortunately, it’s not happening.
“Obviously I’m disappointed, but nothing I can change.”