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Kevin Ceccon joins Stefano Coletti in Toro Rosso's Abu Dhabi test line-up

Kevin CecconAuto GP champion Kevin Ceccon will join Stefano Coletti in testing for Toro Rosso during this winter's young driver sessions in Abu Dhabi.

Eighteen-year-old Ceccon won this year's Auto GP title at the first attempt while also contesting a partial GP2 campaign with Coloni.

Ceccon and Coletti will each get one and a half days of running during the 15-17 November test, with Coletti taking the car all day on the Tuesday and on the Thursday morning, and Ceccon having Wednesday all day and Thursday afternoon. The duo will also be team-mates at Coloni for the GP2 event in Abu Dhabi the previous weekend.

STR team boss Franz Tost said: "Scuderia Toro Rosso is well used to training young drivers and we are pleased to add Coletti and Ceccon to the list of students who have been through the Scuderia Toro Rosso school."

He said the team had looked outside the Red Bull driver development scheme for its Abu Dhabi test line-up as it did not feel any of the drivers on the programme were ready for a Formula 1 test.

"Neither of them is part of the Red Bull Young Driver Programme, which is down to the fact that those drivers currently on the programme are still too young and inexperienced to deal with a Formula 1 car," said Tost.

Toro Rosso ran its current third driver Jean-Eric Vergne in the sessions last year.

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