Ellinas to conduct Marussia aero test
17 June 2013 – Tio Ellinas will become the first ever Cypriot to drive a Formula 1 car on Tuesday, with the 21-year-old being handed a straight line outing at Kemble Airfield by Marussia.
Ellinas, who races for the eponymous GP3 outfit and currently sits atop the standings, will run through various aerodynamic evaluations, allowing him to get accustomed to the controls of the MR02 before his Young Driver outing at Silverstone later this month.
"It goes without saying that I am thrilled to get this additional opportunity to drive the Marussia F1 Team MR02 race car," said Ellinas. "I have been looking forward to the Young Driver test since last Autumn and the weeks can’t pass quickly enough."
He added: "Being able to conduct the straight line test this week will help to bridge the gap until Silverstone and will also mean I can hit the ground running there as I will already be familiar with the car systems and the team’s procedures. In the meantime I have been trying to focus on my GP3 season as I want to give it my all."
The subsequent Young Driver test at Silverstone takes place from 17-19 July.