As it turns out now, McLaren decided to use the afternoon of the Young Driver Test as an actual test, rather than to give young drivers a chance:
Gary Paffett undertook the afternoon’s running, undertaking a challenging programme primarily focusing on evaluating a wide number of aerodynamic and suspension developments – either for imminent use in the final two races, or for future development for next year’s car.
Test updates for your car, sure, but deploying your regular test driver who you're not considering for a seat rather than giving a young driver a chance, I feel is not what this test is intended for. There's nothing technically wrong with it, but it just feels like poor form.
At least Caterham is actually considering van der Garde, who joined their team only this year, and giving him a chance to show himself.
Edited by mnmracer, 06 November 2012 - 23:09.