Giedo van der Garde and Alexander Rossi will drive for Caterham during the Abu Dhabi Young Driver test
Team to run both reserve drivers at the Yas Marina Circuit
By William Esler. Last Updated: February 13, 2013 11:16am
Giedo van der Garde and Alexander Rossi will drive for Caterham during the Abu Dhabi Young Driver test in November.
27-year-old Dutchman van der Garde is a former Formula Renault 3.5 Champion and finished sixth in GP2 this year driving for the British-based squad's junior outfit.
Since then he has driven in the first practice sessions in Japan and Korea and will get another chance to impress this weekend in India.
"By the time we get to the Young Driver Test I will have completed several P1 sessions with the team and it will be good to be able to extend that more with two full days in the car," van der Garde said.
"I'm sure it will be a very busy couple of days but I want to make sure I continue to learn as much as possible and do what I can to help the team have a useful few days testing before the last two races of the season. I believe I have benefited enormously from the work I have been doing with Caterham this year, in both GP2 and with the F1 team, and the chance to drive in Abu Dhabi is another positive step in the right direction for my career as a professional racing driver."
21-year-old American Alexander Rossi finished 11th in Formula Renault 3.5 this season with Arden Caterham. He already holds his super licence having tested for the BMW Sauber team in 2009 and drove for Caterham during first practice in Spain this year.
"I want to thank Caterham F1 Team for the opportunity once again to take part in the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi," the American said.
"I've had a good year with the team as Test Driver and, on top of the FP1 I did in Spain, this is another chance to add more F1 experience at a track I know well, having raced there several times in the past.
"Every time I have worked with the F1 team since I joined the Driver Development Program in 2010 I have had all the support I need to do the best job I can when I am in the car and the team's commitment to helping me develop, in all areas of my racing career, is a very positive sign that they believe in me and want to help me reach the very top of my sport.
"For the Abu Dhabi test I've already had several conversations with the engineers about what is planned and it's definitely going to be busy, but I was comfortable in the CT01 earlier this year, and very prepared mentally and physically, so now I'm just looking forward to getting in the car!"
Young Driver Test November 6-8 Line-Up:
Red Bull: Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns.
McLaren: Gary Paffett, Oliver Turvey and Kevin Magnussen.
Lotus: Nicolas Prost, Edoardo Mortara and Davide Valsecchi.
Sauber: Esteban Gutierrez and Robin Frijns.
Toro Rosso: Luiz Razia and Johnny Cecotto Junior.
Caterham: Giedo van der Garde and Alexander Rossi