Silverstone could be set to host this year’s Young Driver Test after teams have agreed to limit the amount of junior running in 2013.
According to Auto Motor und Sport, the circuit that plays host to the British Grand Prix has been selected by the teams as the most logical place to hold the test for drivers who have less than two grands prix starts to their name.
In 2012, there were three tests held for young drivers: one at Magny-Cours (former host of the French Grand Prix), one at Silverstone and one at the end of the season in Abu Dhabi. Teams were permitted to attend one of the three tests. This year, all teams will be attending a single test at Silverstone in July during the summer break.
This will not only allow teams to try out their young reserve drivers, but it will also allow new upgrades to be tested for use during the second half of the season. For fans, the Young Driver Test will become more meaningful as they can compare the times of eleven drivers, with Silverstone seeing just two teams attend its test last season.
The Young Driver Tests has seen many promising youngsters get F1 track time such as Kevin Magnussen and Antonio Felix da Costa.
Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.
Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.
“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”
Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”