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AlphaTauri to prepare for pre-season with extra F1 test

Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda will return to the wheel of an F1 car as part of a private test session starting on Tuesday, AlphaTauri have confirmed to RacingNews365.com.

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AlphaTauri have arranged an extra track session for Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda to help them readjust to F1 machinery ahead of pre-season testing.

A team spokesperson confirmed to RacingNews365.com that a private, three-day test will be held at the Imola circuit from 25-27 January, using the 2020-spec AT01 car.

The upcoming 2022 cars - built to all-new technical regulations - cannot be used until pre-season testing, with the exception of a shakedown – during which running is restricted to 100 kilometres on demo Pirelli tyres.

F1's first pre-season test will take place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from 23-25 February, followed by a second session at the Bahrain International Circuit from March 10-12, with the 2022 campaign starting at the same venue a week later.

Ferrari also back in action

AlphaTauri are not the only team returning to action in the coming days, with Ferrari revealing that they will stage a test at Maranello this week.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will be joined by test driver Robert Shwartzman for the four-day session, which also starts on Tuesday, using last year's SF21.

Ferrari are one of four teams, along with Mercedes, McLaren and Aston Martin, to have confirmed when they will launch their 2022 car.

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