Young driver test shaping up

Immediately after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix there will be a three-day Young Driver test for all the F1 teams. Some of the teams have now named their drivers, while others are still making decisions. Red Bull Racing has announced that French rising star Jean-Eric Vergne will drive an RB7, while Scuderia Toro Rosso will be taking a look at Stefano Coletti and Kevin Ceccon. Lotus Renault GP says that it is going to be running Romain Grosjean and Kevin Korjus. The 18-year-old Estonian is racing in the Renault World Series and became the youngest driver to win a race in that category this year. Williams is due to run test driver Valtteri Bottas and Formula 2 champion Mirko Bortolotti, the latter getting a run as part of his prize for winning the title. Sauber has announced that its drivers will be Mexican youngster Esteban Gutierrez and Switzerland’s Fabio Leimer, while Marussia Virgin is expected to field Robert Wickens and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, who are both part of its young driver programme.

Team Lotus has announced that it will be fielding America’s Alexander Rossi, and it is likely that the two GP2 drivers Luiz Razia and David Valshecci will also get a run. McLaren is due to give Lewis Williamson a test at some point, but it is not yet clear whether this will be in Abu Dhabi and there has been speculation that the test will be done by Oliver Turvey. Ferrari is expected top run its test driver Jules Bianchi and Mercedes GP is tipped to use Sam Bird once again.

There is currently no word from either Force India or HRT.

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