Red Bull teams may test in Abu Dhabi alone

Jean Eric Vergne (FRA) Red Bull Racing RB7.

Jean Eric Vergne drives the Red Bull RB7 during the Abu Dhabi young drivers test, in 2011

May 7 (GMM) Red Bull‘s two Formula One teams look set to test alone in Abu Dhabi later this season as other teams are reluctant to do so because of the congested F1 calendar.

Until recently, the now-traditional young drivers’ test – giving inexperienced drivers the chance to drive current F1 cars amid the sport’s strict testing limits – was scheduled to take place as per usual at the Yas Marina circuit in November.

But those plans were reconsidered due to this year’s congested calendar.

India takes place just one week before Abu Dhabi, the young driver test is scheduled for the week after and then the races in the US and Brazil happen back-to-back next.

In the light of that arduous schedule, Reports in March said that the teams were keener on having the young driver test at Silverstone.

“It’s a long season as it is and there are a lot of back-to-back races this year, so it’s tough for them [the teams],” Abu Dhabi circuit boss Richard Cregan conceded.

The German-language Speed Week reports in its May 2 edition that the majority of teams want to test instead at Silverstone, in July.

But the magazine said Red Bull’s two teams – Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso – are sticking with the original Abu Dhabi plan.

The report also said that other teams might cancel Silverstone at the last minute and join Red Bull in Abu Dhabi, should weather reports indicate the British weather would likely affect the July test.

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