Red Bull elected to use up among its filming days using its 2020 F1 car to get it drivers and staff up to speed again.
As well as giving the drivers a refresher in the cockpit, such tests have been valuable in helping teams better comprehend the protocols that will be set up for the closed-door events at the beginning of the season.
While in a ideal world Red Bull would have had both it drivers present, instead Alex Albon will run alone for your day because the UK’s mandatory 14-day quarantine proper arriving from abroad meant that it absolutely was too hard to arrange for Verstappen to fly in from his home in Monaco.
For Verstappen to have joined the test, he would have needed to arrive in the united kingdom in the initial week of the quarantine in early June – with sports stars currently not exempt from the restriction that forces people to self-isolate for two weeks after their arrival.
Both team and driver therefore agreed that the test went ahead without him.
Verstappen’s absence implies that he will be one of the few drivers that will not have run in either current or past F1 machinery before the first race of the campaign at the Red Bull Ring.
Mercedes conducted a test with a 2018 car right after the UK’s quarantine restrictions started, with both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas having had the oppertunity to enter into the country prior to the rules arrived to force.
Ferrari has been testing at Mugello with both its drivers in a 2018 car, while Renault elected to take a vintage car to the Red Bull Ring so Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon could get some running.
Red Bull’s options for running have been restricted, however, due to the current testing rules limitations.
In theory it may have taken a 2018 car to a foreign track for a multi-day test, but it was running Renault powerunits that year so that it would have been a challenge to have arranged an effective test using its former engine partner.
And whilst it would have been allowed to take its 2020 F1 car to a foreign track so both drivers could run a ‘filming day’, the fact that it might have been limited to just 100km could have meant there would have been a large amount of effort for little reunite.
In the end, it made sense for a 2020 car test to take place at Silverstone with Albon alone, and Verstappen is unlikely to be at a lot of a disadvantage through at a disadvantage.