F1 teams gear up for final test of the season in Abu Dhabi
|By Edd Straw||Monday, November 5th 2012, 17:02 GMT|
Formula 1's final young driver test of the season kicks off in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, with Red Bull and McLaren among the six teams running.
Red Bull will run junior driver Felix da Costa, a race-winner in both GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 with previous F1 test experience for Force India, on the opening day of the test, which runs until Thursday.
Another Formula Renault 3.5 racer, Kevin Magnussen, will make his F1 test debut for McLaren in the morning before handing over to test driver Gary Paffett.
Lotus will run Nicolas Prost, son of four-time world champion Alain Prost, with Sauber running Robin Frijns, who is set for a long-term future with the team.
Scuderia Toro Rosso will run GP2 race winner Luiz Razia, with Caterham running Giedo van der Garde, who is in contention for a race seat with the team for 2013.
The Abu Dhabi test is the third one of the year for young drivers, with Williams, HRT and Marussia running at Silverstone in July and Mercedes, Ferrari and Force India at Magny-Cours in September.
Abu Dhabi young driver test line-up:
Team Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Red Bull Antonio Felix da Costa Antonio Felix da Costa Robin Frijns McLaren Kevin Magnussen Gary Paffett Oliver Turvey Gary Paffett Oliver Turvey Kevin Magnussen Lotus Nicolas Prost Edoardo Mortara David Valsecchi Sauber Robin Frijns Esteban Gutierrez Esteban Gutierrez Toro Rosso Luiz Razia Johnny Cecotto Jr Luiz Razia Caterham Giedo van der Garde Giedo van der Garde Alexander Rossi