F1, Mercedes: first approaches with the W13 for Kimi Antonelli

The Bolognese driver born in 2006 Andrea Kimi Antonelli is on the track in Imola driving the 2022 Mercedes W13 to prepare for the F1 single-seaters

It seems that Kimi Antonelli is making significant progress in its tests with the Mercedes W13 in Imola. His lap times look promising, even though he isn't running at the car's full power yet. However, this could change on Tuesday, when Mercedes is expected to be pushed hard during testing. At Imola Kimi Antonelli could really see his dreams come true by debuting in F1 in place of Logan Sargeant in Williams. The only obstacle is the age of the pilot, who being a minor would need an exemption from the Federation as happened in Max Verstappen when he made his debut in 2015 with Toro Rosso at the age of 17.

If Antonelli does indeed join Williams, he may have the opportunity to gain experience without the pressure of having to perform at the highest level straight away. The class of 2006 had already taken to the track a few days ago at Red Bull Ring where, however, the weather conditions had limited the session a bit, being able to only run in the wet with the 2021 W12.

F1, Mercedes: first approaches with the W13 for Kimi AntonelliF1, Mercedes: first approaches with the W13 for Kimi Antonelli

F1, Antonelli tests the Mercedes W13 while waiting for Williams

From the rumors leaking out in the paddock it would seem to be Kimi Antonelli's move to Williams is a done deal, also considering the precedent of pilots like George Russell who were developed through the Grove team before moving to Mercedes. At the end of yesterday's morning of testing, Antonelli completed a total of 36 giri (176,7 km)with the best time of 1:21.20 recorded in the second stint. Despite some variation in times due to various factors such as fuel load and track conditions, Antonelli demonstrated be very competitive and comfortable behind the wheel of the Formula 1 car. It remains to be seen what he will be able to do on the second day of testing where the Mercedes power unit will increase the revs. We remind you that Imola will host the Made in Italy and Emilia Romagna GP.

In any case, these two days of testing will be crucial for the young talent, giving him and the Mercedes team a clearer idea of ​​his abilities and potential in Formula 1. Stay tuned to techgameworld.com for further updates.