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Red Bull Racing

Rookie confirmed to drive Verstappen's car in FP1

Max Verstappen will sit out of the opening free practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Red Bull running a rookie in the number 1 car.

Max Verstappen will miss the opening free practice session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with Red Bull handing a practice outing to Liam Lawson.

The Dutchman will miss the opening 60 minutes of track time so Red Bull can comply with F1's rules regarding rookie driver appearances.

F1 teams must run a driver who has completed fewer than two Grands Prix at a minimum of two race weekends per season.

Red Bull are one of several teams who will be required to complete their young driver testing duties at the final race weekend in Abu Dhabi, along with Ferrari, Haas, McLaren and Alpine.

Red Bull's first mandatory young driver outing was during the Spanish GP weekend, when Juri Vips took part in FP1 in place of Sergio Perez.

F1 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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