Magny Cours to host second Young Driver Test

By on Thursday, August 23, 2012

Magny Cours, France

The former home of the French Grand Prix, Circuit de Magny Cours, is to host the second Young Driver test after next month's Italian Grand Prix.

The circuit has not been used by Formula One since financial problems caused organisers to cancel the 2009 event.

It is understood that Mercedes, Ferrari and Force India will use the venue from September 11th to 13th.

The past two tests have taken place following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November, but several teams had voiced concerns about the rigorous schedule at the end of the season: the United States Grand Prix and Brazilian Grand Prix are held after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2012.

The teams could not agree on an alternative venue for the test, so Williams, Marussia and HRT ran their young driver test following July's British Grand Prix.

It is likely that the remaining six teams - Red Bull Racing, McLaren Mercedes, Lotus, Sauber, Toro Rosso and Caterham - will adhere to the planned test to take place after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

"I am thrilled to be able to confirm that Formula 1 cars will return to Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours next month," said Serge Saulnier, Chairman of the Circuit de Magny Cours. "We have worked tirelessly to upgrade the venue, which has just been homologated to F1 standards for another four years, and I am certain that the teams and drivers will appreciate the work that has been put in.

"What’s more, this is an extremely positive step forward as we seek to return Formula 1 racing to our circuit. With Magny-Cours a candidate to host future French Grands Prix, it will be fantastic to showcase the track and our staff’s know-how to the high-calibre F1 personnel who will be on-site."


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