Introducing the non-race drivers in action at this week's Young Driver Test

Your guide to the drivers taking part in the three-day event

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 17/07/13 11:35am

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Your guide to the non-race drivers taking part in this week's test at Silverstone.

Red Bull

Antonio Felix da Costa
The 21-year-old is rightly regarded as one of the hottest young properties in motorsport. Having struggled to find a budget at the start of 2012 before putting enough money together to compete in GP3, the Portuguese driver was picked up by Red Bull's Junior programme midway through the season. That saw da Costa combine his GP3 campaign with Formula Renault 3.5 where he outscored everyone in the second half of the campaign. He sampled the title-winning RB8 at the young driver test in Abu Dhabi last year and has twice this season served as Red Bull's reserve driver. Da Costa is currently third in the FR 3.5 standings.

Carlos Sainz
Son of the double-World Rally Champion with the same name, the 18-year-old opted to go down the single-seater route rather than rallying as he grew up watching his compatriot Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard has combined two championships throughout his junior career, racing in British F3 and F3 Euroseries in 2012, in an effort to maximise his track time. Sainz is currently competing in GP3 with the MW Arden team co-owned by Mark Webber and Christian Horner, sitting ninth in the Drivers' Championship. He will drive for Toro Rosso on Thursday morning and Red Bull on Friday.


Davide Rigon
The Italian is one of the team's simulator drivers and took part in the Magny-Cours Young Driver test last season. After winning the 2008 and 2010 Superleague Formula titles either side of a year in GP2, Rigon returned to the F1 support category in 2011. However, a horrific accident at the opening weekend in Istanbul ended his season and his run in the F2012 at the French venue last year was the first time he had been back in a single-seater cockpit. He is currently racing a Ferrari 458 in the Blancpain Endurance Championship.


Kevin Magnussen
The Dane gets another chance to sample a McLaren on Wednesday after topping last year's Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi for the Woking-based squad. The 20-year-old is currently competing in Formula Renault 3.5, where he is second in the standings. Magnussen's father, Jan, drove for McLaren in the 1995 Pacific GP.

Gary Paffett
Perhaps pushing the limits of the term 'young driver' (sorry, Gary), the 32-year-old has been a McLaren test driver since winning the DTM title in 2005. Having spent 2006 testing for McLaren, the Englishman was heavily tipped for the race seat taken by Lewis Hamilton in 2007. He returned to the DTM and has gone on to finish as championship runner-up on three further occasions.

Oliver Turvey
The 26-year-old joined McLaren ahead of the 2012 season as test and development driver and took part in the in-season Mugello test and Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test last year. Turvey won the 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award and is currently competing in the ELMS for JOTA Sport.


Davide Valsecchi
The reigning GP2 Champion will be eager to get back on track with a few laps filling in for an ill Kimi Raikkonen at the third Barcelona test his only driving this season. The Italian was second quickest when he drove for the team in the Abu Dhabi test at the end of 2012. He also drove in the test at the Yas Marina Circuit in 2010 for Hispania where he lapped two seconds quicker than race driver Bruno Senna had during qualifying the previous week. The 26-year-old's other F1 experience came during first practice in Malaysia in 2011 when he took the seat of Heikki Kovalainen at Team Lotus (now Caterham).

Nicolas Prost
The son of four-time World Champion Alain, the 31-year-old joined the Enstone-stable in 2010 when he tested at Magny-Cours and, having stayed with the team, drove in last year's Abu Dhabi test. The Frenchman switched to sportscar racing in 2009 and finished fourth at the 2012 Le Mans 24 hours. He will drive on the opening day of the test for Lotus.


Robin Frijns
The Dutch driver is the reigning Formula Renault 3.5 Champion and currently serves as Sauber's reserve driver. Alongside his role with the Swiss squad, 21-year-old is also competition in GP2 with Hilmer Motorsport and is currently ninth in the standings having had one win and a podium. Frijns stepped up from karts in 2009, finishing third in Formula BMW Europe before winning the Championship the following season. In the subsequent seasons he also added the Formula Renault 2.0 and FR3.5 crowns to his CV at his first attempt.

Kimiya Sato
The Japanese driver will get his first taste of a Formula 1 car at Silverstone this week after an impressive start to his maiden Auto GP season - he is currently second in the Drivers' Championship, albeit level on points with the leader. Aside from that his junior career has been rather less noteworthy, with third in the German F3 last season his biggest achievement.

Force India

James Calado
Having carried out straight-line tests for the team in the past, the Briton gets his chance to show what he can do on track in the VJM06. The 24-year-old is currently in his second season in GP2 and sits fifth in the championship having headed into the campaign as the title favourite. Calado was runner-up in Formula Renault UK, British F3 and GP3 in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively.


Susie Wolff
Having given the FW35 a shakedown run in Spain ahead of the first pre-season test, the 30-year-old will once again get behind the wheel of the Williams at Silverstone. The Scottish driver joined the team in April 2012 and got her first experience of an F1 car at the Northamptonshire venue last October when she drove the 2011 FW33. Wolff spent seven seasons racing in the DTM, scoring a total of four points.

Daniel Juncadella
The 22-year-old is the reigning FIA European F3 and F3 Euroseries Champion. He joined Mercedes for the 2013 DTM championship and took his maiden podium on Sunday at the Norisring. This will be Juncadella's second experience of a Formula 1 car after driving Ferrari's 2009 challenger, the F60, as a reward for winning the F3 title last season. The Spaniard is the nephew of former-HRT Team Principal Luis Perez-Sala.

Toro Rosso

Daniel Kvyat
The Russian joined Red Bull's Junior programme in 2010 and has spent the past two seasons contesting various Formula Renault 2.0 championships - finishing second in the 2012 Eurocup and winning the Alps series crown. He graduated to GP3 this season with the MW Arden team co-owned by Mark Webber and Christian Horner and sits eighth in the Drivers' Championship.

Johnny Cecotto
The Venezuelan tested for the Italian team at last year's Young Driver test and gets another chance at Silverstone this week. The 23-year-old is currently competing in GP2 with Arden International but has been comprehensively outperformed by rookie team-mate Mitch Evans. Cecotto has also been involved in multiple on-track incidents this season and was banned from the second race in Monaco after causing a 14-car crash in race one. He currently sits 14th in the Drivers' Championship.


Alexander Rossi
The American gets the chance to add further F1 mileage to his CV having already taken part in first practice this year in Canada and Spain in 2012. He took part in last year's Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, although his running was cut short by an oil-leak. The 21-year-old serves as Caterham's reserve driver alongside his GP2 commitments with the team where he is 13th in the standings.

Will Stevens
The British driver currently sits fourth in Formula Renault 3.5 and will get his first taste of a Formula 1 car at Silverstone this week. The 21-year-old graduated from karts to single-seaters in 2009 and won races in both the Formula Renault 2.0 UK and Eurocup championships. He stepped up to the top tier of the World Series by Renault in 2012 with Carlin before moving to P1 motorsport this season with whom he has taken three podium finishes in the opening nine races.


Tio Ellinas
The Cypriot driver earned his spot at the Young Driver test after being the highest-placed Marussia Manor Racing driver in GP3 last season. He remains with the team and currently leads this year's Drivers' Championship having never finished lower than sixth in any race. The 21-year-old enjoyed his first taste of a Formula 1 car in June when he carried out a straight-line aero test for Marussia ahead of the British GP. He will drive at Silverstone on the opening day of the test.

Rodolfo Gonzalez
After three unspectacular years in GP2, the 27-year-old graduated from F1-support series to the role of Marussia reserve driver in 2013. The Venezuelan has driven for the team in first practice at on three occasions this season - in Bahrain, Spain and Germany - and now holds an FIA super-licence required to compete in F1. The best result of his junior career was finishing first in the second-tier National Class in British F3 in 2006.

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