Posted on July 18, 2013

Australian Daniel Ricciardo set the pace on day two of the young driver test at Silverstone, however his fastest time came when driving his regular Toro Rosso car rather than in a Red Bull which he tested in the afternoon. The 24-year-old, who is allowed to take part in the test because race drivers are permitted to take part so they can collect data for Pirelli, clocked a 1:32.972 which was just over six tenths quicker than Kevin Magnussen managed when he topped the timesheets on Wednesday for McLaren. Ricciardo, who along with Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen is in contention to More…

Posted on July 17, 2013

McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen set the pace on day one of the so-called young driver test at Silverstone. The 20-year-old completed 100 laps with a best time of 1m33.602s, 0.172 seconds faster than Force India’s Paul di Resta with Red Bull’s Antonio Felix da Costa third. Race drivers are allowed to take part in the three-day test providing they focus on tyre work for Pirelli. On Wednesday, Di Resta and Marussia’s Max Chilton were the only current drivers in action. Lotus announced that Kimi Raikkonen would no longer take part in this week’s test, while Red Bull also made changes to More…

Posted on July 1, 2013

Race drivers will be allowed to drive in the upcoming young drivers’ test at Silverstone to help Pirelli solve the problem with their tyres, the sport’s governing body the FIA has announced tonight. Six drivers suffered tyre failures during Sunday’s British Grand Prix, raising questions over driver safety. The three-day test, which takes place between 17-19 July and will be open to the public, will feature all teams except Mercedes who have agreed not to take part following their punishment for the controversial Barcelona Pirelli test. The team’s regular drivers will only be allowed to work on tyre development and More…

Posted on December 16, 2009

The FIA has made another quiet but sensible decision, putting right something which was clearly wrong this season by allowing young drivers to test a car should they be called upon to move up to a race seat. This season Jaime Alguersuari and Romain Grosjean were obliged to jump into a race car with no testing when they were called up to replace race drivers who had been sacked. Luca Badoer also had a torrid time in the Ferrari with no opportunity to familiarise himself with the car. The testing ban was introduced as a cost saving measure, allowing teams More…

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