Luiz Razia Kevin Ceccon

Two more junior category drivers have been signed up to participate at the upcoming three-day ‘Young Drivers’ test session at Abu Dhabi, with Team Lotus confirming that reserve driver Luiz Razia will pilot its T128, while Toro Rosso has confirmed that Kevin Ceccon will join Stefano Coletti in the STR6 at Yas Marina.

Razia is already familiar in Formula 1 circles, having driven for Team Lotus on the odd occasion in 2011, most notably in straight-line testing and in Friday practice for the Chinese Grand Prix

The Brazilian will join his Caterham AirAsia GP2 team-mate Alexander Rossi behind the wheel of the team’s Renault-powered T128 at Yas Marina. Razia finished twelfth overall in this year’s GP2 standings, claiming two podium finishes.

Razia took part in last year’s Abu Dhabi ‘Young Driver’ test with Virgin Racing.

Meanwhile, Auto GP champion Kevin Ceccon will be given one-and-a-half day’s running with Toro Rosso at the mid-November test session, partnering GP2 driver Stefano Coletti.

The 18-year-old Italian claimed a win and five podium finishes en route to claiming this year’s Auto GP title, and he also contested a part-season in GP2 with Coloni.

Interestingly, neither Coletti nor Ceccon is part of the Red Bull Young Driver Programme – STR team boss Franz Tost has pointed to their selection being down to the current academy drivers being too inexperienced to pilot a Formula 1 car.

[Images via iRacing and LAT]


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