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Monday, November 15, 2010

Young drivers lineup

Some young guns will get the chance to prove their mettle with Formula 1 equipment starting Tuesday during a two-day test at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 29:  General views of the new circuit during previews to the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on October 29, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

A look at the young drivers field:

Red Bull
  • Daniel Ricciardo, 21, Australian (Red Bull reserve driver, 2009 British Formula Three champion)

  • Gary Paffett, 29, British (McLaren reserve driver, 2005 DTM champion)
  • Oliver Turvey, 23, British (2008 British Formula Three runner-up)

  • Jules Bianchi, 21, French (Ferrari 2011 test driver, 2009 Formula Three Euroseries champion)

Mercedes GP
  • Sam Bird, 23, British (2010 GP2 series - fifth place)

  • Jerome D’Ambrosio, 24, Belgian (Four Friday F1 sessions in 2010 with Virgin, 2007 Formula Master champion)
  • Mikhail Aleshin, 23, Russian (2010 World Series by Renault champion)

  • Pastor Maldonado, 25, Venezuelan (2010 GP2 Series champion)
  • Dean Stoneman, 20, British (2010 FIA Formula Two champion)

Force India
  • Yelmer Buurman, 23, Dutch (2006 British Formula Three - fourth)
  • Antonio Felix da Costa, 19, Portuguese (2009 Formula Renault 2.0 champion)
  • Paul di Resta, 24, British (Force India reserve driver, 2006 Formula Three Euroseries champion)

BMW Sauber
  • Esteban Gutierrez, 19, Mexican (2010 GP3 Series champion)
  • Sergio Perez, 20, Mexican (BMW Sauber 2011 race driver, 2010 GP2 Series runner-up)

Toro Rosso
  • Jean-Eric Vergne, 20, French (2010 British International Formula Three champion)

  • Vladimir Arabadzhiev, 26, Bulgarian (2008 Formula Master Italia champion)
  • Rodolfo Gonzalez, 24, Venezuelan (2006 British National Formula Three champion)

  • Jerome D’Ambrosio, 24, Belgian (Four Friday F1 sessions in 2010 with Virgin, 2007 Formula Master champion)
  • Luiz Razia, 20, Brazilian (Virgin reserve driver, 2006 South American Formula Three champion)
  • Rio Haryanto, 17, Indonesian (2009 Formula BMW Pacific champion)

  • Pastor Maldonado, 25, Venezuelan (2010 GP2 Series champion)
  • Josef Kral, 20, Czech (2007 Formula BMW series runner-up)
  • Davide Valsecchi, 23, Italian (2010 GP2 Asia Series champion)

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