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Caterham confirms test line-up at Silverstone

Giedo van der Garde
Giedo van der Garde Credit: PA Images

Caterham's race drivers Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic will take over from Alexander Rossi and Will Stevens for the final day of the Young Driver Test which begins at Silverstone tomorrow.

Van der Garde and Pic will take advantage of the chance to test Pirelli tyres at the Northamptonshire circuit on Friday.

Caterham reserve driver Rossi took part in the FP1 session during the Canadian Grand Prix in early June and will be on track tomorrow.

Fellow Caterham Racing Academy product Stevens, currently fourth in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship standings, will get his first chance behind the wheel of the CT03 on Thursday.

Rossi said: "We have a busy workload ahead of us and I'm pleased I can both add this as another step in my development as an F1 driver, and help the team continue the push for the second half of the F1 season."

Stevens added: "I spent quite a bit of time last week in the simulator so I'm comfortable with most of the systems I'll be working with and, while obviously nothing can really prepare you for the first time you drive an F1 car, I'm as ready as I can be."

Calado set for Silverstone test drive for Force India

GP2 Series 2013, Grand Prix of Monaco, #3 James Calado
GP2 Series 2013, Grand Prix of Monaco, #3 James Calado Credit: PA Images

British GP2 driver James Calado is to drive for Force India during the three-day Young Driver Test which begins at Silverstone tomorrow.

ART Grand Prix driver Calado, who has already taken part in straight-line aero testing in the VJM06, will share duties at the Northamptonshire circuit along with Force India race drivers Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil.

The team will decide the driving schedule on each morning of the three-day test.

Vijay Mallya, Force India team principal and managing director, said: "We are pleased to give James the opportunity to test with us at Silverstone.

"As a graduate of the Racing Steps Foundation, his talent and determination have brought him to our attention and this is the ideal occasion to evaluate him further.

"The priority this week is to give the team a better understanding of the new Pirelli tyres due to be introduced next week in Budapest.

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Ricciardo gets chance to impress at Silverstone

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo Credit: PA Images

Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo will get the chance to impress his prospective future employers when he drives for Red Bull at the Silverstone young driver test tomorrow.

With front line drivers now allowed to take part in the test Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will also test Pirelli tyres at the Northamptonshire circuit.

Ricciardo, along with team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne and Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, has been tipped to take over a Red Bull when Webber leaves at the end of the season.

Ricciardo will take to the track tomorrow afternoon, Webber on Thursday afternoon and Vettel on Friday afternoon.

Red Bull will also test with the team's junior drivers, with Antonio Felix da Costa on track on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and Carlos Sainz Junior on Friday morning.

A statement on the Red Bull website read: "Antonio's test with Infiniti Red Bull Racing fulfils the team's commitment to grant the mid-season leader of the World Series by Renault a full day's test in the RB9."

Engineering students from all over the world test their skills at Silverstone

Valtteri Bottas, Mark Webber and Esteban Gutierrez. British Grand Prix, Sunday 30th June 2013
Valtteri Bottas, Mark Webber and Esteban Gutierrez. British Grand Prix, Sunday 30th June 2013 Credit: PA Images

Hundreds of engineering students from all over the world will be testing their skills at Silverstone today, at the world's largest student motorsport event.

Over 100 teams, including three from our region, will race single seat cars they have built from scratch over the past year.

The cars are judged on speed, acceleration and endurance, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.

Pirelli respond to Silverstone blowouts

Pirelli has revealed a number of factors behind the failures
Pirelli has revealed a number of factors behind the failures Credit: PA Images

Pirelli has been forced to respond given the dangerous incidents that unfolded at Silverstone where Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne, Esteban Gutierrez and Sergio Perez all suffered blowouts.

Following a thorough investigation, Pirelli has revealed a number of factors behind the failures that include the reverse mounting of the rear tyres, the adoption by the teams of too-low pressures, extreme cambers and the aggressive kerbing at Silverstone.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said: "What happened at Silverstone was completely unexpected and it was the first time that anything like this has ever occurred in more than a century of Pirelli in motorsport.

"These incidents, which have upset us greatly, have stressed the urgency of the changes we already suggested - which will be introduced for free practice in Germany on Friday.

"We would like to acknowledge the willingness of the FIA, FOM teams, and drivers to act quickly to find an immediate solution to the problem.

"In particular, the adoption of winter tests, arranged with the FIA, that are more suitable for tyre development and the possibility of carrying out in-season testing, will contribute to the realisation of tyres with increasingly improved standards of safety and performance.

"I'd like to re-emphasise the fact the 2013 range of tyres, used in the correct way, is completely safe.

"What happened at Silverstone, though, has led us to ask for full access to real-time tyre data to ensure the correct usage and development of tyres that have the sophistication we were asked to provide and extremely high performance that has lowered lap times by more than two seconds on average.

"While we wait for a change in the rules, we will introduce tyres that are easier to manage."

Increase in thefts at this year's British Grand Prix

Campsite at the Silverstone circuit, Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire Police say there was an increase in thefts from campsites at this year's British Grand Prix.

Around 45 thefts were reported at the Silverstone circuit over the three days, nearly double the number in the previous year.

21 arrests were made in connection with a range of offences, including theft, assault and vehicle crime.

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Successful weekend at Silverstone circuit

Crowds at the Silverstone circuit this weekend

Organisers of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone say the event was a success after last year's washout and traffic problems.

Thousands of motor racing fans headed to the Northamptonshire circuit over the weekend.

It was Nico Rosberg who won the race. There has been criticism of tyre company Pirelli after several drivers, including Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton, suffered blow outs.

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