Details of the upcoming Abu Dhabi ‘Young Drivers’ test are starting to emerge, with Red Bull Racing announcing that it will run Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne at the three-day test in the days following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Toro Rosso, meanwhile, has confirmed it will run GP2 race-winner Stefano Coletti, while Renault recently confirmed it will run Estonian driver Kevin Korjus.
Vergne recently drove in Friday practice for Toro Rosso at the Korean Grand Prix, and is already signed up to drive for the Italian outfit at the upcoming Abu Dhabi and Brazilian Grands Prix.
He won the British Formula 3 championship in 2009, and finished runner-up to Robert Wickens in this year’s World Series by Renault championship.
“I’m extremely happy that Red Bull Racing has given me this opportunity; it will be a massive experience for me and to be driving the best Formula 1 car is something quite amazing. I will make the best out of the three days, it will be an important three days and I’m looking forward to it,” he is quoted as saying.
Vergne is considered one of four contenders for the two available race seats at Toro Rosso next year.
Coletti, who won two races for Trident outfit this season, will become the first Monegasque driver since Olivier Beretta to pilot a Formula 1 car. The 22-year-old was sidelined from the final round of the GP2 championship when a heavy accident at the Spa-Francorchamps round left him with fractured vertebrae.
“I’m happy to finally announce that I’ll be testing with Toro Rosso in Abu Dhabi,” he wrote on his Twitter feed. “I’m on my way to the Toro Rosso headquarters. Going to make my seat and meet all the guys.”
As well as finishing eleventh overall in this year’s GP2 championship, Coletti placed fourth in the off-season GP2 Asia championship. He has previously been a race-winner in formula BMW, Formula Renault and the F3 Euroseries.
And eighteen-year-old Kevin Korjus will be behind the wheel of Renault’s R31 challenger at the Young Driver test session.
It is not believed that Korjus – who becomes the first Estonian to drive an F1 car since Marko Asmer tested for BMW Sauber in 2008 – will have the full three days at his disposal, with Renault widely tipped to run three drivers over the course of the test.
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