F1 » da Costa quickest on day two of Abu Dhabi test

Antonio Felix da Costa heads pack on second day of F1 2012 'young driver test III'

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Robert - Unregistered

November 07, 2012 11:19 PM

So how does this young drivers test work? Do they put a scrap engine and transmission in? I find it hard to believe they would allow these kids to use Sebs or Webs drivetrain. Anyone know?

JJJ - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 2:30 AM


No they use current machinery, but just use a seperate engine/gearbox. I suppose the freshness of the engine/gearbox as well as how many tyres they're using etc depends on the intention the teams have with the driver they're testing and the financial situation of the team in question.

I know some drivers have claimed to be screwed by teams in the past, but I think nowadays for most teams it's not such a big deal to put in a good engine etc since 1) the engines last a lot longer anyway and 2) the data they gather is too valuable for the teams to play games.

That said tomorrow Robin Frijns is driving for RBR cause he won the WSBR and he has made some comments before how he turned down an invitation to be part of the Red Bull programme twice already 'because they treat drivers like dogs', probably alluding to how Marko and Tost treated Liuzzi, Speed, Algy, Buemi an maybe some others in junior categories. If these guys are aware of these comments and are a bit sensitive, maybe t

JJJ - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 2:38 AM

...omorrow the car will be a bit slower all of
a sudden. We'll see.

Btw this guy is pretty good too (Frijns):

2010: Formula BMW Europe champion
2011: Formula Renault Eurocup champion
2012: WSBR champion

Problem is being Dutch it's tough to get a company to invest 20 million for an F1 drive and his dad's money isn't sufficient at this level either. Maybe the Red Bull option wasn't so bad after all...

sodesu - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 5:48 AM

I see his point though, the Red Bull young driver programme has had a tendency to pick up very young drivers, provide them with a complete package for a year or two, then kick them out. And while their opponent may have had less resources during this time, they will also have spent this time building their own network and sponsor portfolio.

Alguersuari is a pretty good example TBH, they pick him up straight from F3, realistically probably way before he was ready for F1, make him up to be the next big thing, then lose interest and drop him late in the silly season so suddenly he's got no racing seat at all. We can only speculate, but what could have happened to him otherwise, if he'd had a more natural progression though maybe WSBR or GP3 and then GP2?

sokudo - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 9:26 AM

Not surprised. He has the best car under him and is the most talented of the lot who tested that day imo. I'm sure a lot of posters here know of da Costa. He's very good.

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