Abu Dhabi Young Drivers Test Round Up

Day One

Position

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren

1:42.661

40

2

Antonio Felix da Costa

Red Bull

1:42.717

79

3

Gary Paffett

McLaren

1:43.407

44

4

Robin Frijns

Sauber

1:43.775

78

5

Nicolas Prost

Lotus

1:44.194

52

6

Luiz Razia

Toro Rosso

1:44.691

67

7

Giedo van der Garde

Caterham

1:45.936

57

Day Two

Position

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1

Antonio Felix da Costa

Red Bull

1:42.679

62

2

Oliver Turvey

McLaren

1:43.176

62

3

Edoardo Mortara

Lotus

1:43.418

75

4

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber

1:43.485

94

5

Gary Paffett

McLaren

1:43.771

41

6

Johnny Cecotto Jr

Toro Rosso

1:44.569

76

7

Giedo van der Garde

Caterham

1:45.106

72

Day Three

Position

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1

Davide Valsecchi

Lotus

1:42.677

86

2

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren

1:42.827

51

3

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber

1:43.093

80

4

Robin Frijns

Red Bull

1:43.233

53

5

Oliver Turvey

McLaren

1:43.604

44

6

Luiz Razia

Toro Rosso

1:45.286

68

7

Alexander Rossi

Caterham

1:46.485

85

Drivers

Johnny Cecotto Jr: Born in Germany he drives under a Venezuelan license and has a family history of racing via his father a champion motorcyclist. A career high of a third in the 2008 German Formula Three he’s yet to match that again since, but has improved his lot in GP2 this year with a career best haul of points.

Antonio Felix da Costa: The Portuguese driver has been making waves recently and his name has been bandied about as a potential future Formula One driver. This season he’s been driving for Carlin in the GP3 Series and Arden Caterham in the Renault 3.5 Series finishing third and fourth respectively. He’s no stranger to a Formula One Car having tested for Force India in 2010, and he now has the backing of Red Bull after being given a place on their junior programme in June of this year.

Robin Frijns: Hailing from the Netherlands, the young driver has an impressive CV with three series wins behind him he is the current Renault 3.5 champion, winning it in his debut season he was the first to do so. Unlike others he is open about not having the funding to secure a drive in Formula One, instead saying he’s going to have to ‘rely on talent alone’.

Giedo van der Garde: This Dutch driver competing for a chance to move up already has close ties with Formula One, in 2006 he was included in the McLaren young drivers programme, in 2007 there was a tussle between Spyker F1 and Auper Aguri regarding who he was testing for in season and this year he’s not only been driving for Caterham in GP2 (finishing 6th) but he’s their Formula One test driver as well. Testing in China, Japan, Korea, India and Abu Dhabi.

Esteban Gutierrez: Already a familiar face around the Sauber garage having been a test drive for them since 2011, shoring up the Mexican contingent alongside his countryman Perez. Gutierrez is already looking like a strong contender to replace him with Telmex chief Carlos Slim insinuating the sponsorship will only continue with a Mexican driver onboard. This is not to say he is without talent, in 2008 he won the Formula BMW Europe title with seven wins and the GP3 series with five in 2010.

Kevin Magnussen: Already signed up to the McLaren young driver programme his talent has already got some serious backing, his first series win came in 2008 in the Formula Ford Denmark series, most recently his Renault 3.5 series with Carlin season ended in 7th with a single win in Belgium.

Edoardo Mortara: Bidding to become the next Italian Formula One driver since Trulli left he has an impressive statistic to his name and is the only driver to have won the Macau Grand Prix twice in consecutive years, doing so in 2009 and 2010. In 2010 he also won the Formula Three Euroseries before transferring to DTM for the next two years for Team Rosberg.

Gary Paffett: This driver’s name must be a familiar one, a regular at McLaren he’s been testing for the team since 2006 while also competing in DTM (since 2003). Paffett has four second place finishes (2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012) and a single championship win in 2005. Rumoured for a seat with McLaren in 2007 the freshly crowned GP2 champion Hamilton instead joined the team.

Nicolas Prost: With one of the most recognisable surnames in Formula One history it could be easy to assume his passage into the sport would be a swift and smooth transaction, not so in this case. However it is not from lack of talent, he’s won the 2008 Euroseries 3000, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Andros Trophy (ice racing). He’s also ranked highly in Le Mans consistenly and has been linked with Renault and subsequently Lotus since 2010.

Luiz Razia: Ready to boost the Brazilian contingent he’s been around the Formula One paddock as a test driver since 2010, participating in the young drivers test for Virgin Racing (now Marussia), in 2011 he was brought on by Team Lotus (now Caterham) as a test driver and took to the track in China and Brazil. as well as another young drivers test. Narrowly missing out to Valsecchi in the 2012 GP2 series he took second with four wins.

Alexander Rossi: With the inaugural Austin GP on the horizon it seems fitting that an American driver should be heading towards Formula One as well, and one with a decent CV too. With championship wins in his home nation, Skip Barber Western Regional and Formula BMW Americas in 2006 and 2008 respectively, he also took the Formula BMW World Final title too in 2008. Rossi was contracted to the US F1 team before it was disbanded and is currently the only American to hold a valid superlicense and is a test driver for Caterham, and participated in practise in Barcelona this year.

Oliver Turvey: Currently a test driver for McLaren alongside Paffett his motorsport career has been plagued with funding issues. His Racing Steps funding ended in 2010 and so couldn’t fund an entry into the 2011 GP2 season until Carlin took him on for a single weekend in Monaco.

Davide Valsecchi: This driver is the current GP2 series champion, driving for DAMS he took four wins in his way to the top. In 2011 he was drafted in by Team Lotus (now Caterham) as a test driver and took part in a single practice session in Malaysia.

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