Magny Cours is set to host Formula 1 machinery for the first time since 2008

Formula 1 will make a return to the Circuit de Nevers at Magny Cours – which played host to the French Grand Prix between 1991 and 2008 – for a second ‘Young Drivers’ test session next month.

The forthcoming test session was borne out of the idea behind the ‘Young Drivers’ test session at Silverstone in July, which was run over two days and attended by the Williams, Marussia and HRTF1 outfits over a two-day schedule.

Magny Cours last hosted the French Grand Prix in 2008That test session was created as an alternative to the more traditional four-day test session in November at Abu Dhabi, which several teams had expressed reservations about attending this year on the grounds of cost concerns.

The Silverstone test session had proven successful enough for support to gather for another test session in Europe.

The Jerez circuit was one venue that was floated – failing to gather much support – before Magny Cours entered the picture, with the Mercedes F1 team suggesting that the days following the Italian Grand Prix would be a suitable period in which to conduct it.

According to a report in AUTOSPORT, Ferrari has confirmed its attendance at the Magny Cours test, while Mercedes is all but certain of doing likewise.

The attendance of the Sauber, Force India, Lotus and Caterham teams is still not yet known, and they could still opt to join McLaren, Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso at the season-ending test at Yas Marina.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.