Ilott, who’s racing within the GT World Problem Europe Endurance Cup for the Iron Lynx workforce, will step into the Alfa Romeo C41 for the opening apply session at Portimao – though it has but to be disclosed whether or not he’ll substitute Kimi Raikkonen or Antonio Giovinazzi within the session.
The British driver will be part of common reserve Robert Kubica in finishing duties for Alfa Romeo, notably at races when Kubica just isn’t current because of different commitments.
Having pushed for Alfa Romeo in final yr’s post-season F1 check at Abu Dhabi, Ilott has prior expertise with the Sauber-run workforce and can “participate in a variety of FP1 periods” for the workforce this yr.
Ilott additionally examined for the workforce in 2019 on the Barcelona circuit, and was additionally because of make an FP1 look for Haas ultimately yr’s Eifel Grand Prix earlier than inclement climate put a damper on any working in that session.
“I’m actually glad to be becoming a member of the workforce for this season and I’d prefer to thank Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN and the Ferrari Driver Academy for the belief they’ve put in me,” stated Ilott.
“The 2 periods I had with the workforce within the final two years have been extraordinarily helpful in getting me accustomed to the best way a Method One workforce works and I’m assured I can hit the bottom working in my new function as one of many reserve drivers at Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN.
“I can’t wait to be within the automobile and assist the workforce proceed its progress.”
Callum Ilott, UNI-Virtuosi leads Robert Shwartzman, Prema Racing
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Images
Ilott completed as runner-up in final season’s Method 2 standings, ending behind fellow Ferrari Driver Academy member Mick Schumacher – because the German earned a step as much as F1 with the Haas workforce.
Previous to that, Ilott completed third total in GP3 in 2018 and stepped as much as F2 with the Charouz Racing System workforce – which then had an affiliation with the Sauber junior program.
He moved to the UNI-Virtuosi workforce to contest the title final yr, ending 14 factors behind champion Schumacher and one level away from AlphaTauri F1 driver Yuki Tsunoda.
“I’m delighted to welcome Callum to our workforce,” stated Alfa Romeo workforce principal Fred Vasseur.
“His journey by way of the junior sequence has been a formidable one and he’s doubtless one of the crucial proficient younger drivers coming by way of the ranks.
“He has labored with us earlier than, every time leaving a long-lasting impression due to his work ethic and good suggestions, and I’ve little doubt he shall be a really optimistic addition to Robert Kubica, who shall be unavailable on varied events because of his different racing programmes.
“Callum could have a busy programme and we will’t wait to see him on observe once more this weekend.”