Gary Paffett Oliver Turvey

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has confirmed that the team’s regular test drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turbey will be on hand to drive the team’s MP4/26 at next week’s ‘Young Driver’ test at Abu Dhabi.

Paffett, the 2005 DTM champion, is expected to be behind the wheel for two of the three scheduled days for the test as part of his role as McLaren’s long-standing reserve driver.

His British compatriot Turvey, 24, has his association with the team by dint of winning the 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. This year, he finished sixth overall in the GP2 Series championship.

“The main focus will be on giving them a little bit more exposure to Formula 1 and for people to be aware of them,” Whitmarsh said.

The test session takes place between 15-17 November.

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