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Bird to test for Mercedes in Abu Dhabi 29 Oct 2010

Race winner Sam Bird (GBR) ART Grand Prix celebrates after the race. GP2 Series, Rd 9, Race 1, Monza, Italy, Saturday 11 September 2010. Sam Bird (GBR) ART Grand Prix. GP2 Series, Rd 9, Race 2, Monza, Italy, Sunday 12 September 2010.

British racer Sam Bird will drive for Mercedes GP at the young driver test to be held at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit on November 16-17, the team have confirmed. Bird, 23, is currently fifth in the GP2 standings with one win and four podiums and will be in Abu Dhabi for the season finale, part of the support bill for the Formula One Grand Prix.

Prior to GP2, Bird competed in the F3 EuroSeries with the Mercedes-Benz DTM partner team Mucke Motorsport and finished third at the 2009 Macau Grand Prix. Mercedes GP have selected him for the test on the basis of this single-seater pedigree.

"Sam has done an impressive job in the GP2 Series during his first season,” said team principal Ross Brawn. “He is the highest-placed rookie in the championship order with some excellent results over the year. We are confident that he will provide the team with the essential consistency and feedback we require.

“This is also an excellent chance for Sam to continue his progression in motorsport and widen his experience of Formula One. We look forward to working with Sam at the test and to seeing his progress and feedback over the two days."

Norbert Haug, vice-president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, added: "It was important for us to find a young and talented driver with single-seater and preferably GP2 experience. Sam Bird fulfils these requirements. With the experience that Sam will gain during the GP2 races in Abu Dhabi, I am sure he will be well prepared for the test."

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