10/09/2012

F1 young driver test preview

A young driver test is being conducted tomorrow, Wednesday & Thursday at Magny-Cours, France. Ferrari, Mercedes and Sahara Force India are the teams that will be in action.

This is the schedule for the three days:

Tuesday = Luiz Razia
Wednesday = Jules Bianchi
Thursday = Rodolfo González

You guys probably already know about Jules Bianchi, if not, you can see his profile here. As stated above, he will drive on Wednesday for Sahara Force India. On Tuesday (tomorrow) and Thursday, he will be driving for Ferrari (he is part of their driver academy).

You may not know about the other two drivers, here is a mini profile of both Luiz & Rodolfo:

Luiz Razia
Age: 23
Nationality: Brazilian
Series: GP2
Team: Arden International
Current position: 2nd (204 points)
GP2 Wins (all-time): 6
GP2 Wins (this season*): 4 
GP2 Podiums (all-time): 17
GP2 Podiums (this season*): 9

Other notes:
Luiz is a driver who has good, consistent pace over a race distance. However it's fair to say he could up his game in qualifying, he's only had one pole in 99 GP2 race weekends. Luiz has F1 testing experience with Virgin (now Marussia) and Lotus (now Caterham). He currently drives for Arden in GP2, a team run by Christian Horner (who is also Red Bull F1 team principle) so essentially Luiz is part of the Red Bull group.

Rodolfo González
Age: 26
Nationality: Venezuelan
Series: GP2
Team: Caterham Racing
Current position: 22nd (6 points)
GP2 Points (all-time): 10
GP2 Points (this season*): 6 

Other notes:
Rodolfo has been in GP2 since 2008, but he's yet to take his first podium. He has struggled somewhat in this series, but he does have a British F3 championship behind him - that's a very tough series to win, so he does have a decent level of pace.

Your eyes do not deceive you, Rodolfo does drive for Caterham in GP2 and he has links to the Malaysian F1 team. Therefore it was a surprise to see SFI ask him to do the test.

* = out of 22 races so far this season.

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