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Who’s who at the Silverstone young driver test 16 Jul 2013

Susie Wolff, Williams Development Driver, 2013 German Grand Prix, Nurburgring Antonio Felix da Costa (POR) Red Bull Racing Reserve Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice, Shanghai, China, Friday, 12 April 2013 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso seat fit, July 2013 Davide Rigon (ITA) Ferrari F2012.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day Two, Magny Cours, France, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 Gary Paffett (GBR) McLaren test driver 
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Qualifying, Nurburgring, Germany, Saturday, 6 July 2013 Oliver Turvey (GBR) McLaren MP4-28 test driver.
Formula One Testing, Day 1, Jerez, Spain, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren test driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 19 April 2013 Davide Valsecchi (ITA) Lotus F1 Reserve Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013 Nicolas Prost (FRA) Lotus F1.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day One, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 Robert Frijns (SUI) Sauber Young Driver. Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Preparations, Nurburgring, Germany, Thursday 4 July 2013. Race 2 podium L-R: Kimiya Sato (JPN), Team Motopark Dallara F308 Volkswagen (2nd) and Daniel Juncadella (ESP), Prema Powerteam Dallara F309 Mercedes (3rd). Formula Three Euroseries, Rd8, Valencia, Spain, 1-2 October 2011. James Calado (GBR) ART Grand Prix. GP2 Series, Rd3, Barcelona, Spain, 10-12 May 2013 Susie Wolff, Williams Development Driver, 2013 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne Daniel Juncadella (ESP). Formula One Testing, Day 3, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday 2 March 2013. Johnny Cecotto Jr. Toro Rosso seat fit, July 2013 Daniil Kvyat (RUS) MW Arden. GP3 Series, Rd1, Barcelona, Spain, 9-12 May 2013. Alexander Rossi (ITA) Caterham F1 Reserve Driver.
Formula One Testing, Day 2, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 1 March 2013 Will Stevens, P1 Motorsport, Formula Renault 3.5, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium Tio Ellinas (CYP) Marussia Manor Racing on the podium. GP3 Series, Rd8, Monza, Italy, 6-9 September 2012. Rodolfo Gonzalez (VEN) Marussia F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 22 March 2013

This week’s Silverstone young driver test may have been tweaked in order to allow race drivers to try out Pirelli’s revised tyres, but there will still be plenty of eager young* guns on track, bidding to impress their respective teams. With the three-day session at the British Grand Prix circuit beginning on Wednesday, we profile the familiar and the less familiar faces that will be in action…

Name: Antonio Felix da Costa
Driving for: Red Bull
What you need to know: This 21-year-old Portuguese racer - and member of Red Bull’s junior team - has tested F1 machinery before, topping the timesheets at last year’s young driver test in Abu Dhabi driving the world-championship winning Red Bull RB8. After an exceptionally busy - and successful - 2012 season in which he scored three wins on his way to third in the GP3 championship and picked up four wins in 12 Formula Renault 3.5 starts, Da Costa is currently midway through a full campaign in Formula Renault 3.5. Earlier this season he was also drafted into the reserve role at Red Bull Racing when the team’s regular reserve driver Sebastian Buemi was away on Toyota sportscar duty. He’s well regarded by Helmut Marko, the man who oversees Red Bull’s junior programme, and will be keen to rack up plenty more miles at Silverstone.

Name: Carlos Sainz Jr.
Driving for: Red Bull, Toro Rosso
What you need to know: If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Carlos Jr. was named after his father - legendary double world rally champion, Carlos Sainz. Unlike his father, Carlos Junior has chosen to pursue a career on track rather than between the trees and joined the Red Bull junior team in 2010. After winning the Formula Renault 2.0 North European Cup in 2011, Sainz Jr. had a busy year competing across several Formula Three categories in 2012. This year, the 18-year-old Spaniard is contesting his first GP3 campaign with the MW Arden team where he currently has one podium finish to his name.

Name: Davide Rigon
Driving for: Ferrari
What you need to know: Formula One racing may currently be without a full-time Italian driver, but at least there’ll be one in action for Italy’s most famous team at Silverstone. 26-year-old Rigon joined Ferrari’s young driver programme in 2011 after a decent junior single-seater career which included championship wins in Formula Azzurra and Euro 3000 in his homeland and race wins in Superleague Formula. He tested for the Scuderia at last year’s young driver test at Magny-Cours but currently spends the majority of his time racing a Ferrari 458 Italia in the Blancpain endurance series.

Name: Gary Paffett
Driving for: McLaren
What you need to know: At 32-years-old, Gary Paffett hardly fits the mould of your average ‘young driver’, though his lack of F1 race experience means that he still fits the criteria laid out in the sporting regulations. As well as his considerable work on McLaren’s state-of-the-art simulator, Paffett has also appeared in 71 official F1 tests for the team since making his debut in 2001. Alongside his commitments for McLaren, the Briton has been racing in Germany’s premier touring car series, the DTM, since 2003, winning the title in 2005 and becoming a regular race winner. His experience will no doubt give McLaren a real boost as they look to improve the so far disappointing MP4-28.

Name: Oliver Turvey
Driving for: McLaren
What you need to know: Like Paffett, Turvey has become an integral part of the McLaren test team, often being used for aerodynamic work or at young driver tests. The 26-year-old British racer, who won in both Formula Three and Formula Renault 3.5 before joining McLaren’s GT team, has a degree in engineering from Cambridge University - a valuable quality that should ensure he delivers useful feedback on the MP4-28 to McLaren at Silverstone.

Name: Kevin Magnussen
Driving for: McLaren
What you need to know: There’s something pleasing about seeing the Magnussen name back in a McLaren. Kevin’s father, Jan, made one appearance for the Woking-based squad in 1995, finishing 10th at the Pacific Grand Prix in Japan. The younger Magnussen has made two official test appearances for the team, both at last year’s young driver test in Abu Dhabi. As well as being part of McLaren’s young driver programme, the 20-year-old Dane is racing in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2013 and currently has an impressive two wins and four other podium finishes to his name. That’s already better than he did in the series in 2012 and McLaren would be pleased to see similar progression at Silverstone.

Name: Davide Valsecchi
Driving for: Lotus
What you need to know: As the reigning GP2 Series champion, Valsecchi has some pretty big shoes to fill - current F1 stars Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean are all former GP2 title winners. The 26-year-old Italian will know that if he’s to follow them into an F1 race role in the future, he’ll need to continue impressing his current employers, Lotus. As the Enstone team’s third driver, Valsecchi was given some important mileage in pre-season testing and has also been on hand at every Grand Prix this season, carefully watching how Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen go about their business. He’ll be hoping to use that experience, as well as everything he learnt in his previous F1 test outings with HRT and Team Lotus, to his advantage at Silverstone.

Name: Nicolas Prost
Driving for: Lotus
What you need to know: Another young man with a famous father, Nicolas Prost is the son of four-time F1 world champion Alain and Lotus’s development driver. At 31 years old, Prost is one of the older ‘young drivers’, having completed his first official F1 test with Lotus at last year’s young driver test at Abu Dhabi. The Frenchman formally competed in the now defunct A1 GP series before moving into sportscars. He currently races in the ultra-fast LMP1 category in the World Endurance Championship for Rebellion Racing.

Name: Robin Frijns
Driving for: Sauber
What you need to know: As a reward for beating Marussia’s Jules Bianchi to the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 title, Frijn’s was handed an F1 test opportunity with world champions Red Bull at last year’s Abu Dhabi young driver test. But that’s not all - the 21-year-old Dutchman was also invited to drive for Sauber at the same test and was later snapped up by the Swiss team to act as their reserve driver throughout 2013. It looked like the serial championship winner (in addition to the 3.5 title, he’s also won the Formula BMW Europe championship and the Formula Renault Euro Series) would be without a full-time race drive in 2013, but he eventually did a deal to race for Hilmer Motorsport in GP2 and scored a win and a second place in just his second race weekend with the team.

Name: Kimiya Sato
Driving for: Sauber
What you need to know: No relation to former Jordan and Honda driver Takuma Sato, the 24-year-old Japanese driver will get his first taste of F1 machinery when he steps into Sauber’s Ferrari-powered C32 at Silverstone. Sato is currently leading the Auto GP standings, having come third in last year’s German F3 championship.

Name: James Calado
Driving for: Force India
What you need to know: Although he hasn’t quite managed to win a junior single-seater category title, Calado has proved his talent with regular race wins and podiums finishes in Formula Three, GP3 and GP2. The 24-year-old Briton has taken part in straight-line testing for Force India, but the Silverstone test will be his first proper outing in the Mercedes-powered VJM06. Force India team principal and managing director Vijay Mallya says the squad are keen to evaluate his ability at their home circuit - and Calado will be determined to make a strong impression to further his F1 ambitions.

Name: Susie Wolff
Driving for: Williams
What you need to know: A lot of attention has been lavished on Wolff for being an elite female racer, but there’s more to the 30-year-old Scot than that. Last year she was signed by Williams to a development driver role, having spent seven seasons racing in the demanding DTM touring car series in Germany. She’s tested an older spec car for Williams already, but the Silverstone test will be her first in a current F1 car, aside from a straight-line run in the FW35 at Idiada earlier this year. Although Mercedes won’t be participating in the Silverstone test (after being banned for contravening testing regulations), you can expect their executive director (and Susie’s husband), Toto Wolff, to be keeping a close eye on proceedings.

Name: Daniel Juncadella
Driving for: Williams
What you need to know: The 22-year-old Spaniard arrives at Silverstone with an impressive single-seater pedigree - he was runner-up in the 2009 Formula BMW Europe series before going on to win the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in 2011 and become Formula 3 Euro Series Champion in 2012. That earned him a prize run-out in a 2009 Williams machine, but Silverstone represents the first time he’ll have driven a current F1 car in anger. Juncadella currently races for Williams’ future engine suppliers Mercedes in the DTM.

Name: Johnny Cecotto Jr.
Driving for: Toro Rosso
What you need to know: Cecotto Junior is yet another son of a former F1 driver to be making a mark in the sport - his father, Johnny Cecotto Senior, started 18 Grands Prix for Theodore and Toleman between 1983 and 1984. The 23-year-old Venezuelan is currently spending a fifth consecutive season in the GP2 Series where his sometimes over-zealous driving has come under attack on occasion. Silverstone will be Cecotto’s third young driver appearance - he has previously tested for Force India (in 2011) and Toro Rosso (in 2012) in Abu Dhabi. As such, Toro Rosso will expect him to get up to speed quickly with the STR8.

Name: Daniil Kvyat
Driving for: Toro Rosso
What you need to know: The 19-year-old Russian is another member of the Red Bull young driver programme, currently competing in the GP3 Series and in selected F3 races. Silverstone will be the first time that the reigning Formula Renault 2.0 Alps champion will have the chance to show what he can do behind the wheel of a Formula One car. As with all Red Bull youngsters, the pressure will be on to show he has what it takes.

Name: Alex Rossi
Driving for: Caterham
What you need to know: F1 racing hasn’t had an American driver since Scott Speed raced for Toro Rosso in 2007, but that could change if 21-year-old Alex Rossi has his way. The Californian, who has GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 series wins to his name, is currently occupying the reserve role at Caterham whilst also racing in GP2 with their junior squad. Since sampling F1 machinery with Sauber in 2009, Rossi has acquired a fair amount of F1 test experience with Caterham, participating in two FP1 sessions at Grands Prix with the team, in Spain in 2012 and in Canada earlier this year. His GP2 form has been patchy this season, but the knowledge he’s gained by working closely with an F1 team over a race weekend should stand him in good stead for a productive session at Silverstone.

Name: Will Stevens
Driving for: Caterham
What you need to know: It’s been a whirlwind few months for Will Stevens. In June he joined the Caterham racing academy and less than a month later he’ll experience Formula One machinery for the very first time. The 22-year-old British racer is midway through his second season in Formula Renault 3.5 and currently sits fourth in the points with three podium finishes. Last year he was 12th in the same series, proving that he’s improved as a driver and deserves his F1 test chance.

Name: Tio Ellinas
Driving for: Marussia
What you need to know: “I want everyone to know that it is an honour to be the first Cypriot to drive a Formula One car.” Those were the words of 21-year-old Ellinas back in June following his successful straight-line test with Marussia, whose sister team he currently races for in GP3. Ellinas has really begun to come of age in 2013, his second year in GP3. Last season he finished eighth in the series with one win and one other podium - this season he’s not only already matched that record eight races into the season, but he also sits top of the points standings. Despite his straight-line test experience, the Silverstone session will be his first proper run in an F1 car so he’ll be looking to impress.

Name: Rodolfo Gonzalez
Driving for: Marussia
What you need to know: If you’ve watched every free practice session this season, chances are you’ll already be familiar with Rodolfo Gonzalez. The 27-year-old Venezuelan has taken part in three FP1 sessions with Marussia in 2013 (in Bahrain, Spain and Germany) and has also enjoyed prior F1 test outings with the team now known as Caterham (then Lotus Racing and Team Lotus). Gonzalez has no full-time race role in 2013, but he does have extensive experience in GP2, albeit with no podiums to show for it.

* A young driver is defined in the F1 sporting regulations as one who has driven in fewer than two Grands Prix and is in possession of an International A license.

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