Young drivers to test again

Rising British stars Adam Carroll and James Rossiter, as well as former British Formula 3 Champion Alan van der Merwe, have been recalled for a second 'shoot-out' test with BAR after wet weather dogged their maiden runs at Jerez in Spain last week, autosport.com

Young drivers to test again

The trio are fighting it out to win selection for a test driving role with the team as part of a young driver initiative the Brackley-based outfit has started - but evaluation of their skills was made ultra-difficult because the Jerez test was a wash-out.

The winner of the young driver initiative is likely to receive some assistance to his progress up the racing ladder before being drafted in for testing with BAR towards the end of 2005, ahead of possibly a full-time testing role in 2006.

Autosport.com understands that the three drivers originally testing at Jerez are now being lined up for another run in the team's first test of 2005 in January - and they will probably be given half a day's testing each to check on their abilities in the dry.

The team will also use that test to try out British F3 champion Nelson Piquet Jr., who is running for the team as a favour to the Brazilian section of team owners British American Tobacco. He had been due to run in Jerez this week but chose to pull out - forcing the team to change its plans.

IRL champion Tony Kanaan is also due to test for the team in January, as a thank you from engine supplier Honda.

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