4 November 2013
Magnussen and Vandoorme to join post-season test
McLaren junior drivers Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorme to join GP2 post-season test session at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Two of the most hotly-tipped next generation of young drivers, Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorme, are among the names listed as participating in the opening day of the GP2 post-season test session that will take place this week at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The pair are both members of McLaren's juniors programme, and Magnussen is strongly tipped to be placed in a seat in one of the backmarker teams in F1 for 2014. Marussia is thought the most likely destination if the deal comes off, after the 21-year-old Dane clinched this year's Formula Renault 3.5 Series title.
Vandoorme came in as runner up to Magnussen and has been linked with a possible year in GP2 next season. He'll test with ART alongside Arthur Pic, while Magnussen will spend Tuesday working with the DAMS team alongside Stephane Richelmi who has been their regular driver in 2013.
Many of the teams are opting to pair fresh talent with a more known quantity for the first of the three days of testing which will get underway on Tuesday. At Arden, Rene Binder - who has competed in the feeder series this year with Venezuela GP Lazarus - will be joined by former GP3 driver Nico Mueller, while 2013 GP2 team champions Russian Time opt to try out Mitch Evans alongside Artem Markelov, the 19-year-old Russian who just finished in second place in the ATS Formel 3 Cup in Germany.
EQ8 Caterham Racing will be represented by the winner of this weekend's feature race Alexander Rossi, who will be joined by the 2013 GP3 Series runner-up Facu Regalia, while Trident will pair Julian Leal with Italian prospect Raffaele Marciello who has just successfully sealed the 2013 European Formula 3 championship.
Having just confirmed that Simon Trummer will stay with the team for 2014, Rapax will pair the Swiss driver with Thai prospect Sandy Stuvik fresh from winning the European F3 Open title. MP Motorsport retain the services of Daniel De Jong for Tuesday, when he'll be joined by British hopeful Will Stephens; Daniel Abt will try out with Hilmer Motorsport alongside Andre Negrao; while Denis Nagulin will get a taste of GP2 at Venezuela GP Lazarus alongside experienced hand Johnny Cecotto Jr.
The only teams to go for a different approach in their line-ups for the opening day are Racing Engineering - who opt for 2013 G2 regulars Jolyon Palmer and Rio Haryanto - and Carlin, who go the other way and give a chance to two new faces, Jazeman Jaafar from FR 3.5 and Carlos Sainz Jr. from GP3.
Barwa Addax will also be testing, despite the news that they will not be competing in 2014. They will pair Rodolfo Gonzalez with another Russian youngster, 20-year-old Nikolay Martsenko from Krasnoyarsk who competed with P1 Motorsport in FR 3.5 this season.
Most of the drivers will move around and be joined by new names over the course of the rest of the week, as teams talent-spot for possible driver signings for next year's championship at the same time as working on set-up research on the Dallara/Mecachrome cars.
All the teams will test using just the Pirelli medium compound tyres, with the sessions taking place at 12 noon to 2.30pm and 6pm until 8.30pm local time. The track will be shared with the GP3 series which is also holding three days of testing in Abu Dhabi this week.
GP2 test session line-up - Tuesday, November 5
Barwa Addax Team
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Daniel De Jong
Venezuela GP Lazarus
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