All groups must area a rookie in every automotive in a single FP1 session through the 12 months.
Whereas different groups have additionally waited till the final potential alternative on the season finale for his or her second runs, solely Purple Bull will run a rookie in each of its vehicles, leaving Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez as spectators for that session.
Components E champion and long-time Milton Keynes sim driver Jake Dennis may have his first run in an actual F1 automotive since 2018, and he might be joined by F2 star Isack Hadjar, who additionally drove for AlphaTauri in FP1 in Mexico final month.
“It is attention-grabbing as a result of whenever you put a special driver into the automotive, you get a special perspective on issues,” stated Monaghan when requested by Autosport in regards to the rookie working.
“They current it otherwise, their suggestions, and in the event that they use completely different terminologies, it generally enlightens us on other ways to have a look at issues.
“Max could be very sturdy in his suggestions, [and] Checo could be very comparable in that he’ll state his likes and dislikes. However then Jake would possibly simply put a special spin on issues.
“And he simply says, ‘That is how I really feel it.’ ‘Okay, that is attention-grabbing,’ as a result of it opens you as much as one other approach to have a look at issues.
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World champion Jake Dennis, Andretti Autosport celebrates
“So any driver that will get into the automotive is a chance for us to study one thing. And Jake’s very a lot a contributor to that course of.”
Monaghan agreed it will be helpful for sim correlation functions for Dennis to strive the actual automotive after a break of 5 years.
“We are able to do all of the simulation work we wish,” he stated. “However then if a simulator represents an F3 automotive and we’re working one in every of these, then your simulator correlation just isn’t essentially the best.
“So any refinements of that course of are gladly welcome as a result of it’s so a lot the idea of what we do now.”
Monaghan confused that the race drivers gained’t be lacking out a lot because the daytime first session in Abu Dhabi just isn’t consultant of the cooler circumstances for qualifying and the race itself.
“We have pushed it again this far as a result of we did not essentially understand how the season would pan out,” he stated. “So we tried to maximise the alternatives for race drivers, and we’ll put the 2 lads in.
“In the event you take a look at the P1 when it comes to time of day, observe and ambient temperatures, it is unrepresentative of qualifying and race.
“So one may argue that whereas it denies the race drivers one other hour of getting used to trace within the automotive and so forth. If it was the opposite approach spherical and P1 have been the one session in race time, it may actually be fairly a dent.
“As it’s they may miss out on an hour’s observe time, however P2 is often extra helpful for the race prep than P1.”