Sergio Perez, McLaren, Silverstone, 2013

Driver line-up confirmed for Young Drivers’ Test

2013 F1 season

The driver-line up for the Young Drivers’ Test which starts at Silverstone tomorrow has been confirmed.

Following Mercedes’ expulsion from the test, ten of the eleven teams will participate in the three days of running.

All of them bar McLaren will take advantage of the opportunity to run at least one of the race drivers to test the new tyres Pirelli have produced.

Among the race drivers who will appear at the test are Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa.

Team Wednesday 17th Thursday 18th Friday 19th
Red Bull Antonio Felix da Costa Antonio Felix da Costa (am)
Daniel Ricciardo (pm)
Carlos Sainz Jnr (am)
Sebastian Vettel (pm)
Ferrari Davide Rigon Davide Rigon Felipe Massa (am)
Davide Rigon (pm)
McLaren Kevin Magnussen Oliver Turvey Gary Paffett
Lotus Nicolas Prost Davide Valsecchi Nicolas Prost
Mercedes Banned
Sauber Robin Frijns Robin Frijns (am)
Nico Hulkenberg (pm)
Kimiya Sato
Force India James Calado, Paul di Resta, Adrian Sutil*
Williams Daniel Juncadella Pastor Maldonado Susie Wolff
Toro Rosso Johnny Cecotto Jnr Daniel Ricciardo (am)
Carlos Sainz Jnr (pm)
Jean-Eric Vergne (am)
Daniil Kvyat (pm)
Caterham Alexander Rossi Will Stevens Charles Pic /
Giedo van der Garde
Marussia Tio Ellinas (am)
Max Chilton (pm)
Rodlfo Gonzalez Rodlfo Gonzalez (am)
Jules Bianchi (pm)

*Running order to be confirmed.

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48 comments on “Driver line-up confirmed for Young Drivers’ Test”

    1. True but perhaps it’s not his choice, or perhaps if they are going to be similar to last year’s and/or an improvement over how the tires have been so far this year, he is confident that Friday’s practice of the next race will be sufficient for him, given that the team will have compiled data on the tires this week via Massa and Rigon. ie. FA must be confident that the team will have some good setup ideas ahead of the next race based on their discoveries this week, otherwise I think he WOULD test this week.

    2. How do you know the decision was made by him ?
      Maybe Ferrari want primarly young drivers in the car so they can fit updated parts to the F138. Right now they need aero testing more than tyre testing.

    1. I suspect there are some contract clauses to take care of Ricciardo testing with a ‘sister’ team that is considered ‘senior’ to the ‘junior’ team he is on. ie. I would say most drivers don’t have such things in their contract nor would most teams want to let their driver(s) test with just anyone (hence things like ‘garden leave’). Hasn’t Torro Rosso basically been referred to as Red Bull’s ‘mule team?’

      1. Remembering from when Lewis went the Merc, he wasn’t allowed to do anything with the team with McLaren’s permission until Jan 1st when his contract with them ended. I’m sure most contracts have something in them about not helping rival teams which wouldn’t apply to RBR/STR, but i can’t see the FIA caring who drives what car as long as they meet the requirements for being a “young driver” or stick with tire development.

        1. I dont think McLaren has ever been a Mercedes subproduct. Both Daniel & JEV are part of the RB driver program if I correctly remember? So it lies perhaps in those contracts. But as you said FIA would not care anyway as long as it follows the ‘rules’

          1. @spoutnik There’s a difference between the Rad Bull Junior Team and the Ferrari Driver Academy. Ricciardo and JEV have been listed as former members of the RBJT, whereas Bianchi is still listed as a Ferrari Driver Academy member.

    2. Does it matter? The regs stipulate that a ‘Young Driver’ will be one who has competed in less than 2 (?) events.

      Basically, Ricciardo will be doing Pirelli testing and nothing more. It could be a scheduling thing, given the short notice change allowing race drivers to attend.

  1. The YTD at Silverstone should provide the most interesting off week of the season. There are many new and different drivers testing as well as veterans and this should offer some fascinating points of comparison, justified or not. Different drivers will be testing for different purposes and yet these are the only points of comparison amongst drivers and teams we have to go on at this stage of the season. Speculation and opinions will flow post test for some time to come. Wonder if there will be any broadcast or video available? Let the games begin!

  2. Strange to not see more actual drivers doing more testing.

    @KeithCollantine – I was just wondering, and maybe anyone else has any information on this. They have a 3-seater F1 simulator at Silverstone for the three days. Would anyone happen to know if this is realistic, with no TC and ABS, or whether it’s more like the Codemasters version?

  3. I think that this is called a young drivers test and so should be done by ‘young drivers’. I realise that Pirelli has put an extra day to test tires so ‘old’ drivers should only be allowed to run for the equivalent of a day, most teams have done that, but Red Bull is using ‘old’ drivers for one and a half days and so should be made to replace one of their afternoon sessions with a ‘young’ driver.

    1. First of all there is not an extra day. That had been suggested but it was not instigated so it is a 3 day test as was always going to be the case. Secondly, I think you are placing age as the determinent but I think the intentions of the teams would be to give inexperienced drivers some experience no matter their age presumably because using whoever they are using is relevant to their overall program. I don’t think teams should be ‘made’ to use any one driver over another, even though originally the YDT was to exclude any primary drivers but the urgency of the Pirelli issues changed that. Even with the allowance to use primary drivers not all teams are doing so. And some are only using one.

      1. Sorry, I forgot the extra day was dropped, but still there should be a limit on how much you are allowed to run with older drivers, this is meant to be a ‘Young Drivers’ test, not ‘see how much you can gain from drivers that have already made it into F1′ test. These days were made for giving new drivers the experience needed for F1 teams to give them a seat, not for teams to improve aspects of the car. I understand that you can not limit everything, but allowing experienced drivers to ‘test tires’ goes completely against what the test was made for and so should be limited.

  4. I hope that with the advent of this test, and namely Mercedes exclusion, that all talk of Mercedes having gained alleged advantage from the Pirelli tire test back in May will now be neutralized given that this test allows all other teams not only a chance to run primary drivers, but to compile data on current tires for far more than the 10% of 1000km that Mercedes did on coded current tires with no data sharing, as well as compiling data on young drivers and data on new components for their cars. I think Mercedes is now (once this week’s test is over) the sole disadvantaged team over the rest of the field when you compare and contrast what they could and mostly couldn’t do back in May vs. what the other teams can do this week.

    1. It looks to me like a lineup change is getting nearer. I expect Button will end his career with McLaren but I don’t see Perez lasting much longer. He did look very promising but hasn’t shown consistency.

      1. not you opinion at all… JB has contract for next year and it was only last month that the bosses said that he will have a seat at McLaren as long as he would like to… Plus 2015 it’s Honda-McLaren again…
        Perez will be out sooner or latter though

    2. McLaren were always going to run their test drivers – Paffett and Turvey, as they are well suited for the role (Turvey is a Cambridge aerodynamics graduate), and have been doing it for many years. Paffett has done a mind-boggling number of test days for the team.

  5. i am surprised that sauber haven’t given esteban gutierrez some mileage in the C32 at the young drivers test…so is the case with valtteri bottas in the williams.

      1. but nico hulkenberg who is supposed to be the senior driver is testing for sauber…as it is , gutierrez hasnt done anything special to miss this YDT. he has made a lot of mistakes during the course of the session and need more time in the car. so why not gutierrez?

    1. Me too. He deserves a go as much as Magnussen, but good to see Kevin getting a drive.
      Topsy and Paffett will never make it as F1 race drivers, will they?

      A bit surprised McLaren haven’t got Sergio Perez testing – the guy who shredded more tyres than anyone over the Silverstone race weekend.

      1. Kevin is getting some running as their young driver – I guess Stoffel will have to wait until next year. I do wonder where Magnussen will be racing next year, GP2 or Sports Cars… I can see Stoffel in FR 3.5 again or, hopefully, GP2, hopefully not – sports cars.

  6. I am actually really satisfied with the test line-up; it appears to me that the teams aren’t abusing the rules allowing them to run race drivers, so in essence, the original idea of the YDT is still intact and young talent is being allowed to show the F1 paddock how good they can be.

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