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Ilott to return to Alfa Romeo for Abu Dhabi test

Alfa Romeo Racing has included Ferrari junior Callum Ilott in its young driver line-up that will test in Abu Dhabi on December 15th.

Ilott was initially scheduled to enjoy an FP1 outing with Haas at last month’s Eifel Grand Prix. But adverse weather conditions at the Nürburgring washed out the Friday session and  quashing the young Britons’ F1 debut.

But Alfa has offered Ilott an opportunity to put more F1 mileage under his belt at the Yas Marina post-season test.

“I am really looking forward to being in the car again in Abu Dhabi and I am grateful to Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and the Ferrari Driver Academy for this opportunity,” said the 22-year-old.

“Any chance to drive a Formula One car is important: it’s a way to grow my experience, not just in the cockpit, but also working with the team: the engineers and crew are among the best in the world and there is so much to learn from them, so I am going to make it count.”

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Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN team boss Fred Vasseur said: “Callum is one of the most promising young drivers coming through the ranks, as his performance in F2 has shown this year.

“He was unlucky to miss out on a chance to show his ability last month, when FP1 was called off at the Nürburgring, so he thoroughly deserves his outing with the team in Abu Dhabi.

“His attitude and work ethic have left a very positive impression with the team when he tested with us last year and testing with him in Abu Dhabi is something we are really looking forward to.”

Ilott is currently second in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, 22 points behind leader Mick Schumacher, ahead of next week’s final two rounds of the series in Bahrain.

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