Racing Engineering to test four new hopefuls in Yas Marina
After the first two days of testing, Racing Engineering will resume the action in Abu Dhabi this weekend, with the last two days of testing of 2010 taking place this Saturday and Sunday. The evaluation of young hopefuls continues, this time with Roberto Merhi and Brendon Hartley behind the wheel of the Spanish team's Dallara GP2 car on day 1. On Sunday, the 28th of November, it will be Alexander Rossi and Alexander Sims, who are putting their talent on display.
Roberto Mehri, the 19-years-old Spaniard from Castellon, made his karting debut in 1999. He started single-seater racing in Formula Renault in 2006 and scored his first win in this championship with only 16 years in 2007. Roberto participated in the F3 Euro Series in 2009 and 2010, but also raced in World Series and GP3 in 2010. After a spectacular race weekend in Macao last weekend, he will have already tested during the first two GP2 test days at Abu Dhabi before joining Racing Engineering on the 27th of November.
New Zealander Brendon Hartley, 21 years of age, started racing in his home country, but quickly moved to Europe, where he won the Formula Renault 2.0 championship at the age of 16. In 2008, Brendon was third in the British F3 Championship, and competed in the F3 Euro Series in 2009. In 2010, he took part in the World Series by Renault, and participated in the last two rounds of the GP2 Main Series. He has been a reserve driver for F1 teams Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso for the last two years.
Alexander Rossi is a 19-year-old USA racing driver who started his racing career in karting. In 2006, he was awarded the Skip Barber National Scholarship, becoming the youngest ever winner at just 14. In 2007 and 2008, he raced in the Formula BMW USA, becoming the World Champion at the end of the year, and winning a test with the BMW Sauber F1 team as a prize. He has participated in the 2009/2010 GP2 Asia championship and, in 2010, participated in GP3, scoring two wins.
Twenty-two years old Briton Alexander Sims started his racing career in Formula Renault in 2006 where he would compete for three years. He was the winner of the 2008 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for promising young British drivers, finishing the UK Formula Renault 2.0 championship as runner-up. In 2009 and 2010, he raced in the F3 Euro Series, finishing both those seasons 4th in the overall standings and capturing second at the Formula 3 Masters in 2010.