Quaife-Hobbs preparing for Abu Dhabi test
21 September 2011 – GP3 driver Adrian Quaife-Hobbs will be back behind the wheel of Virgin Racing’s 2011 Formula 1 car at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi in November, with the Briton set to complete the opening day of the Young Driver test that follows the Grand Prix.
The 20-year-old been given the prize for finishing the season as the highest placed Marussia Manor Racing pilot, the squad owned by Virgin Team Principal John Booth.
"I’m very excited about the prospect of driving the MVR-02 again following my two aero tests and welcome the chance to drive around a proper circuit," Quaife-Hobbs explained. "In Idiado and RAF Cottesmore, it was purely straight-line testing, which was a fantastic opportunity to be part of the team’s ongoing development, but now it will be proper testing and I can’t wait.
"I finished the season as top Manor GP3 driver and it’s nice to have your results recognised in this way. Previously I was helping the team to carry out development work, but now it will be more about them testing me.
"However, after a successful performance in the last two tests, I feel confident that I can continue to improve as I get more used to the car, and hopefully produce some reasonable lap times."