In the 2022 Formula 1 season, each team must provide novice drivers with minimal F1 experience with two opportunities to drive current racing cars within the framework of a weekend. The stables have not been very active in this aspect so far this year, many still have a backlog.

Aston Martin will make its first mandatory appearance at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Sebastian Vettel will be replaced by Nyck de Vries, who already performed similar tasks at Williams and Mercedes this year, for 60 minutes.

The Formula E world champion is also doing something rare in F1: as far as we can remember, the last time a driver participated in a race weekend for three teams in one season was in 1994. At that time, it was Johnny Herbert who was able to drive the Ligier, Lotus and Benetton racing cars within a year – it is true, he did not only make it to free practice, he also started in the races.

Antonio Giovinazzi will certainly have another guest appearance at the Monza weekend: he will lead a free practice session at Haas, but the Italian’s 60 minutes will not be included in the mandatory rookie test due to his previous F1 experience.