Yelmer Buurman, GP2 Asia, Bahrain, 2010

Force India to test Buurman and da Costa

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Yelmer Buurman, GP2 Asia, Bahrain, 2010
Yelmer Buurman, GP2 Asia, Bahrain, 2010

Yelmer Buurman and Antonio Felix da Costa will join Paul di Resta at Force India during the team’s young driver test days at Abu Dhabi.

Buurman and da Costa, from the Netherlands and Portugal respectively, will both be getting their first ever F1 tests.

Buurman, 23, has driven in Superleague Formula for the past two seasons and made ten GP2 appearances as Sebastien Buemi’s team mate at Arden in 2008. He also drove in the GP2 Asia series.

Da Costa, 19, was the top rookie in the F3 Euroseries this year.

Force India chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer said:

We are pleased to be able to offer Yelmer and Antonio the opportunity to test an F1 car, which they both feel will be brilliant exposure and experience at this early stage in their career.

Paul will set the benchmark times so they can assess their own performance and see how to work within a top level team.
Otmar Szafnauer

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