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Binotto says Illot will get FP1 sessions in 2021

Mattia Binotto says Ferrari test and reserve driver, Callum Illot, will be given a few practice outings over the course of the year.

Ferrari team principal has stated that Callum Illot, who is the official test and reserve driver for the Italian team, will be given seat time during a few official practice sessions.

Callum Illot had a stellar season in Formula 2 last year finishing runner-up in the championship to Mick Schumacher. Despite this, the British driver failed to secure a race seat for the upcoming season instead of signing on as a reserve official test and reserve driver for Ferrari. Mattia Binotto has now elaborated on what Illot's duties will be.

"We've got Mick in Haas starting his experience in F1,” Binotto told F1.com.

"But we've got still young drivers competing in F2 – like for example Robert Shwartzman. And there is Callum Ilott, who will be our test driver, will do simulator, and will do free practices.”

Illot who missed out on making his debut in official F1 machinery at the Eifel Grand Prix in 2020 due to poor weather conditions has previously tested for the Alfa Romeo team during an in-season test in 2019. The driver who has been a part of the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2017 has yet to announce his racing plans for 2021.


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