it was announced by the Toro Rosso team this afternoon that they will run Red Bull junior driver Sergio Sette Camara during the in-season test at Silverstone following the British Grand Prix.
The 18-year-old Brazilian driver is only in his second season of single-seater racing, competing in this year’s FIA F3 European Championship. Currently sitting seventh in the standings after two podiums in the opening 15 races, Sette Camara will drive on day two of the Silverstone test, taking over from Carlos Sainz.
In a statement to the media this afternoon, Camara is delighted to have secured this opportunity with the Toro Rosso team, wants to do as well as he possibly can while also gaining more experience and has nothing but thanks to Red Bull for their support. Sette Camara stated the following:-
‘I’m very happy and excited to be testing with Scuderia Toro Rosso. It’s a great opportunity which I’ve worked very hard for and I’d like to thank everyone who has made this possible, especially Red Bull.
‘This will be my first official Formula 1 test and I will make sure I do the best job possible as well as have fun – it’s not something that happens every day!
‘Silverstone is a great track which I know quite well as I’ve already driven there before, so this will definitely help me on the day to focus on the car and all the new information without having to learn a new layout at the same time. I just can’t wait to drive out of the garage, it will definitely be a moment I will never forget!’
in his own statement to the media this afternoon, Toro Rosso Team principal Franz Tost said he will be using the day to look at Sette Camara’s potential for a future race seat at Toro Rosso. Tost stated the following:-
‘Giving young drivers, mainly those from the Red Bull Junior Team, a real taste of Formula 1, is something we have become accustomed to doing at Toro Rosso. Personally, I find it fascinating to see how these youngsters adapt, not just to the extra power, downforce and braking of a Formula 1 car, but also how they react to the pressure of a day in the F1 spotlight.
‘It provides a valuable insight into how they might progress in the future. Therefore I am pleased to welcome Sergio to our team for the day and I hope that it will be a mutually beneficial experience.’