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.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.