F1 reserve driver vs test driver

Category: Drivers

F1 reserve driver and a test driver – what’s the difference?

Backing up the team’s drivers are the third driver, or reserve driver; both terms are regularly used, although some teams combine this role.

The third driver is often referred to as the test driver helping the drivers and engineers improve the car. Now and then, a third driver may take charge of a test day or Friday practice to build a better feel for the car. Demonstration days or publicity events often fall to the third driver too.

Whereas, a reserve driver is on standby during race weekends to step in if one of the drivers cannot drive. They are present at most race weekends and can be spotted in the garage. Reserve drivers also regularly work in the simulator.

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