Introducing the young drivers

Introducing the young drivers

With Formula 1's annual young driver test getting underway in Abu Dhabi, AUTOSPORT runs through the rising stars - and less hotly-tipped names - out to impress teams this week

Since being added to the schedule two years ago to throw teams' young proteges a lifeline amid the testing ban, the now-annual young driver test has become an increasingly important event for those on the cusp of Formula 1.

As this year's line-up proves, some teams are looking for a budget boost from their choice of drivers for the three days of running in Abu Dhabi, while some are using well-established testers for valuable development work - but for others the test is a genuine chance for potential future race-winners to audition for F1 seats in either 2012 or the longer-term future.

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