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Three teams to test young drivers at Magny-Cours 24 Aug 2012

Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, France Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2008 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2008.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Race, Magny-Cours, France, Sunday, 22 June 2008 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Magny-Cours, France, Saturday, 21 June 2008 Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 VJM01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Practice Day, Magny-Cours, France, Friday, 20 June 2008

Formula One teams will return to France’s Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours next month when Ferrari, Mercedes and Force India conduct their annual young driver tests at the historic French venue on September 11-13 in the week following the Italian Grand Prix.

The 17-turn, 4.4-kilometre track will provide the teams' aspiring F1 stars with a suitably demanding challenge as they tackle a combination of flowing, high-speed corners and slower technical sections. These characteristics also represent an ideal layout on which to hone car set-ups ahead of the season’s crucial final seven rounds.

Magny-Cours is no stranger to Formula One machinery, having hosted to the French Grand Prix 18 times between 1991 and 2008. The venue has continued to stage numerous top-line racing events ever since, including international single-seater, touring car, GT and motorcycle championships. During this period extensive upgrades have also been made to the circuit and its facilities.

Set-up for the test begins at the circuit on Sunday, September 9, before cars take to the track on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the following week.

“I am thrilled to be able to confirm that Formula One cars will return to Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours next month,” said Serge Saulnier, Chairman of the Board. “We have worked tirelessly to upgrade the venue, which has just been homologated to F1 standards for another four years, and I am certain that the teams and drivers will appreciate the work that has been put in.

“What’s more, this is an extremely positive step forward as we seek to return Formula One racing to our circuit. With Magny-Cours a candidate to host future French Grands Prix, it will be fantastic to showcase the track and our staff’s know-how to the high-calibre F1 personnel who will be on-site.”

Williams, HRT and Marussia conducted their 2012 young driver tests at Silverstone last month. The remainder of the grid are expected to run theirs at Yas Marina as normal in the week following November's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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