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Honda to test young GP2 drivers 29 Oct 2007

(L to R): Luca Filippi (ITA) Super Nova International and team mate Mike Conway (GBR) Super Nova International at the GP2 drivers group photograph. GP2 Series, Rd 2, Preparations, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday 10 May 2007. World © Sutton Race winner Andreas Zuber (AUT) iSport Interantional on the podium. GP2 Series, Rd 5, Race 1, Silverstone, England, Saturday 7 July 2007. World © Bumstead/Sutton

Honda announced on Monday that GP2 drivers Mike Conway, Luca Filippi and Andreas Zuber will drive at the team’s first winter test, which will be held in Spain next month. All three young hopefuls will get the chance to test the Japanese team’s race car at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya from November 13-15.

“Honda is committed to developing promising young talent in motorsport and we will take this opportunity to have a closer look at three young drivers who have done very well in the GP2 series this year,” explained sporting director Ron Meadows, who has responsibility for Honda’s Young Driver Programme. “We will also be evaluating their potential to assist Honda in the future with our testing requirements.”

Conway has been part of Honda's Young Driver Programme since March 2007, and has worked closely with the squad throughout his debut season in the GP2 series with the Super Nova International team. Prior to GP2, the 24 year-old won the British Formula Three championship and the Macau Grand Prix during the 2006 season. He also won the Formula Renault UK title in 2004.

Filippi, who was Conway’s team mate at Super Nova in 2007, has competed in the GP2 series for the past two seasons. He finished in fourth position in the 2007 driver standings. The 22 year-old began his racing career in his home country of Italy, winning the Italian Formula 3000 championship in 2005 before moving up to GP2.

Zuber has also spent the past two seasons racing in GP2, finishing in ninth position this year with championship-winning team iSport International. The Austrian-born 24 year-old previously competed in the F3 Euroseries and the World Series by Renault before switching to GP2.