Alonso, who will replace Daniel Ricciardo in the team’s line-up next year, conducted a one-day, 100 kilometre filming day in the team’s current car at the Circuit de Catalunya earlier this month. It was his first run in an F1 car since he drove for McLaren in a test in Bahrain last year.
Renault attempted to arrange another opportunity for Alonso to drive their RS20 in the post-season test at Yas Marina in December. But when it was raised in a meeting of the Formula 1 Commission earlier this week rival teams reacted unfavourably to Renault’s request for a dispensation to run the veteran driver, who made his grand prix debut in 2001, in a session reserved for rookies.
The team is running a four-day test at the circuit this week for three of its Renault Sport Academy junior drivers. Christian Lundgaard, who lies fourth in the Formula 2 standings, drove the RS18 yesterday and Formula 3 champion Oscar Piastri will take over today. Guanyu Zhou, currently eighth in F2, is due to drive the car for the final two days.
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