McLaren announce Young Driver Test line-up

McLaren announce Young Driver Test line-up

McLaren has announced that they will use test drivers at the up-coming Silverstone Young Driver Test despite race drivers being allowed to take part.Oliver Turvey, McLaren MP4-26, Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Woking based squad will bring youngsters Kevin Magnussen and Oliver Turvey to the test alongside experienced tester Gary Paffett who is currently racing in the DTM series.

Magnussen will drive the troubled MP4-28 on Wednesday before Turvey takes over the running on Thursday. Gary Paffett will round out their running on Friday with both Jenson Button and Sergio Perez sitting out of the event.

Button had expressed his uncertainty over the value of running race drivers at the test because only one type of tyre will be available.

Martin Whitmarsh believes that it is important for the team’s reserve and development drivers to get F1 experience under their belts and the focus of the three days will be to understand the flaws of the MP4-28.

He said: “The Silverstone young driver test will be an extremely useful opportunity for us to conduct further investigative work into the effects of aerodynamic and mechanical changes to the car,

“Just as importantly, it’ll be a proper opportunity for our test and development drivers to further develop their knowledge and understanding of modern Formula 1 machinery, while simultaneously allowing them to help us refine the correlation between the track and the simulator.”

The likes of Red Bull and Marussia are also not bringing race drivers to the test which takes place at the Silverstone circuit on the 17th-19th July.

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Jack Leslie

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