Antonio Felix da Costa, GP3, Hungaroring, 2012

Red Bull confirm Da Costa and Frijns for test

2012 F1 testing

Antonio Felix da Costa, GP3, Hungaroring, 2012Red Bull will run Robin Frijns and Antonio Felix da Costa in the Young Drivers’ Test at Abu Dhabi.

Da Costa is part of Red Bull’s young driver programme and will spend the first two days of the test at the wheel of the RB8.

He finished third in GP3 this year. Red Bull also placed Da Costa in Formula Renault 3.5 from round six of the championship. He ended the season fourth overall, scoring four wins and one second place in the final five rounds.

Frijns clinched the Formula Renault 3.5 title yesterday, becoming the first rookie driver to do so in seven years. He will drive the car for one day as part of his prize.

Sauber have previously announced Frijns will also drive for them in one day of the test.

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37 comments on “Red Bull confirm Da Costa and Frijns for test”

  1. I’m sure Ricciardo will be looking over his shoulder here. I’d say JEV will be safe at Toro Rosso next year, but if there’s scope to place a driver, I’m sure Dr Marko will happily shaft a driver for his “development” program.

    1. Ricciardo has been the faster driver this year, and is the only one of the driver pairing that can qualify well enough. Vergne has been good for the car he was given, but I haven’t been impressed by anything he’s done this season; I have been with Ricciardo.

  2. I can see da Costa at Toro Rosso in the near future, and probably a promotion to RBR after that. I don’t really follow WSR, but I’ve had a look at his results, and they seem mighty impressive – 4 wins and a podium in 5 races of a spec series. What are the odds of a Ricciardo – da Costa driver pairing at Red Bull for 2014/2015?

  3. So AFC gets the first two days of testing having the advantage of spending more time driving but Frinjs tests in the last day which gives him some advantage has the track continually evolves.
    Looking forward to this test.
    A pity that more teams aren´t involved, hope next year a consensus is reached.

  4. Great to see Da Costa and Frijns debut for Redbull. Best drivers this season in WSR.
    Lets see how good Da Costa really is. Not an impressive cv but oustandig in the last couple
    of races for Arden. He totally clinched his oppertunity to score massive results with Frijns, Bianchi and Bird under pressure fighting for the championship.

  5. I said this in previous article but I think it will be really interesting to see how Frijn’s matches up between the teams with the C31 and RB8. Of course, both teams could run very different set-ups and tests but assuming they both allow him to go flat out it will be interesting. Remember last year when Ricciardo got everyone excited because he set a faster time than Vettel did (on a very high grip track)? I expect something similar could happen this year but a good result in the C31 could mean we’re on to something exciting here.

  6. That Robin Frijns got something in his eyes that reminds me of some F1 legend. Some killerinstinct with the desire to win, nothing less. He will fight for the F1 championship in the near future and will be a ruthless competitor. Mark my words, this driver is going shake up the Formula 1 world in a couples of years. Sooner then you may think.

    1. @katerby
      no we wouldn’t have, the price is for the highest placed driver in FR 3.5 who is NOT already tied to another team. As Bianchi is already tied to Ferrari (and Force India) He was never elligeble for the test-price, neither was Sam Bird, so Frijns was basicly guaranteed the test a few races back

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