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Fernando Alonso

Alonso set to drive for Aston Martin at Abu Dhabi test

Fernando Alonso looks set to make his first appearance for Aston Martin at the end-of-season tyre test in Abu Dhabi.

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Fernando Alonso will prepare to take part in the end-of-season F1 tyre test at Abu Dhabi for his new team, Aston Martin.

The 41-year-old will participate in the one-day test, which takes place after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final race of the season.

Teams will be permitted to run two cars, one for their full-time drivers, and another for rookies.

With the test taking place after the conclusion of the F1 season, it is often a chance for drivers to bed themselves into a new team.

However, it is not always a given that a driver would be permitted to drive, and often have to seek permission from their existing employer.

RacingNews365.com understands that Aston Martin intend to run Alonso at the post-Abu Dhabi tyre test, suggesting no such hurdles are in place.

McLaren pessimistic on Piastri test appearance

Earlier in the season Alonso was a key component in a series of dramatic driver transfer events.

Sebastian Vettel's announcement of his Formula 1 retirement opened the door for Alonso to switch to Aston Martin for 2023.

However, this resulted in the driver announcement saga between Oscar Piastri, Alpine and McLaren, which required the FIA Contract Recognition Board to determine where the Australian driver would be racing in 2023.

In an additional fallout of the contract saga, RacingNews365 also understands that McLaren are not optimistic of Piastri being permitted to drive for them in the Abu Dhabi tyre test.

Alpine's resistance on Piastri triggered suspicions that there would be similar hurdles on Alonso's desire to test for his new team, but Aston Martin's intended test plan suggests that such restrictions do not exist.

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