F1 action resumes for the Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test

The three-day ‘Young Drivers’ test kicks off today at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit, where teams will have the opportunity to evaluate some of motorsport’s up-and-coming racers for future roles within their line-ups in the years to come.

Despite its name, the test is more about giving the drivers experience behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car – often with a substantial amount of cash being exchanged – rather than their actual ages. But all participating drivers must have driven no more than two Grands Prix.

It is also an important test session for Pirelli, which has been given the green light to trial some of the tyres it wants to run in the 2012 season. In turn, this will give the F1 teams an opportunity to run developmental parts for their campaigns next year.

The test will run from 9am to 5pm local time (GMT +4) over the three days, and the teams’ line-ups are as follows:

Team Day Driver Age
Red Bull Racing All Jean-Éric Vergne FRA 21
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes TBA Gary Paffett GBR 30
  TBA Oliver Turvey GBR 24
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro All Jules Bianchi FRA 22
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Tue, Wed Sam Bird GBR 24
  Thu TBA    
Lotus Renault GP Tue Robert Wickens CDN 22
  Wed Kevin Korjus EST 18
  Thu Jan Charouz CZE 24
AT&T Williams Tue, Wed Valtteri Bottas FIN 22
  Thu Mirko Bortolotti ITA 21
Sahara Force India F1 Team Tue, Thu Max Chilton GBR 20
  Thu Johnny Cecotto Jr. VEN 21
Sauber F1 Team TBA Esteban Gutiérrez MEX 20
  TBA Fabio Leimer SUI 22
Scuderia Toro Rosso Tue, Thu AM Stefano Coletti MON 22
  Wed, Thu PM Kevin Ceccon ITA 18
Team Lotus Tue Rodolfo González VEN 25
  Wed Luiz Razia BRZ 22
  Thu Alexander Rossi USA 20
HRT F1 Team TBA Dani Clos ESP 23
  TBA TBA    
Marussia Virgin Racing TBA Adrian Quaife-Hobbs GBR 20
  Tue PM, Wed Charles Pic FRA 21
  Thu Robert Wickens CDN 22

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Richard Bailey

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