By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Sergio Sette Camara will make his official Formula 1 debut in a test at Silverstone with Scuderia Toro Rosso.
The 18-year-old Brazilian currently competes in the FIA F3 European Championship and sits seventh in the standings with two podiums in 15 races this season. Sette Camara will take over on the second day of the post-British Grand Prix test for Carlos Sainz Jr.
“I’m very happy and excited to be testing with Scuderia Toro Rosso”, Sette Camara said in a statement. “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!”
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost acknowledged his enjoyment in getting a glimpse of how younger drivers handle some of the pressure of Formula 1.
“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,” Tost said.
“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.”