Youngsters get chance to shine during testing

By on Monday, July 11, 2016
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Several highly-rated youngsters will have a chance to prove their worth to Formula 1 teams during in-season testing at Silverstone this week.

Formula 1 has stayed on after the British Grand Prix to conduct two days of running at Silverstone, with a host of young drivers set to sample machinery from the sport's top echelon.

Mercedes will hand both days of running to Esteban Ocon, who is the reigning GP3 champion and also acts as Renault's test and reserve driver.

Red Bull will field Pierre Gasly on both days of the test, the Frenchman having collected his maiden GP2 victory last weekend to edge into title contention.

Current GP3 leader Charles Leclerc will test for Ferrari, with GP2 race winners Alex Lynn and Sergey Sirotkin in action for Williams and Renault respectively.

Reigning GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne will receive a day's worth of running in the McLaren MP4-31 as he strives to earn a race seat in 2017, having scored a point on his debut in Bahrain.

Sergio Sette Camara will make his test debut for Toro Rosso, with Nikita Mazepin in action for Force India, and Santino Ferrucci lined up for Haas.

Jordan King will compete for Manor while Pascal Wehrlein will drive Mercedes' 2014 car in order to assist Pirelli's 2017 tyre development.

Regular drivers in action include Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Rookies Jolyon Palmer and Rio Haryanto will also rack up more track time, though Sauber has elected to skip the test, as it did in Spain.

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