• Abu Dhabi young driver test

Valsecchi and Kral complete young driver test line-up

ESPNF1 Staff
November 15, 2010 « Hulkenberg loses Williams seat | »
Fresh from his GP2 sprint race victory, Davide Valsecchi will test for HRT © Sutton Images

Davide Valsecchi and Josef Kral have taken the final slots in the young driver test line-up with HRT.

Valsecchi won the GP2 sprint race at the weekend and will be back in action this week as all 12 F1 teams stay at Yas Marina for a two-day test starting on Tuesday and the Pirelli tyre test starting on Friday. He will share the HRT drive with fellow GP2 drivers Kral and Pastor Maldonado - the latter is set for a busy week with his testing duties at Williams alongside F2 champion Dean Stoneman as well.

Red Bull reserve driver in 2010 Daniel Ricciardo will test the championship-winning RB6 and is looking forward to the opportunity.

"There is more pressure on me to be fastest, especially as the team has won the championship and everyone knows it's probably the fastest car out there nine times out of ten," said the 21-year-old.

Britons Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey will be driving the McLaren, and Ferrari's new test driver Jules Bianchi will be in the F10.

Sam Bird will be in the Mercedes, while Jerome d'Ambrosio and Mikhail Aleshin drive the Renault. Belgian d'Ambrosio will also drive for Virgin in Abu Dhabi, as will Rio Haryanto and Luiz Razia.

Force India will also have three drivers in action; Paul di Resta, Yelmer Buurman and Antonio Felix da Costa, while Sauber runs Mexicans Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez.

Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne is set to drive the Toro Rosso, while Vladimir Arabadzhiev and Rodolfo Gonzalez prepare to appear for Lotus.