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Marussia expands young driver development with GP2 linkup 24 Feb 2012

Timo Glock (GER) Marussia Racing MVR-02.
Formula One Testing, Day 3, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, 23 February 2012 John Booth (GBR) Marussia Racing Team Prinicipal.
Formula One Testing, Day 1, Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 Rio Haryanto (INA) Virgin Racing. Formula One Young Driver Test, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Tuesday 16 November 2010. . Max Chilton (GBR) Sahara Force India F1.
Formula One Testing, Day One, Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia Racing VR-02.
Formula One Testing, Day 2, Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia Racing VR-02.
Formula One Testing, Day 2, Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Marussia are to strengthen their young driver development programme by joining forces with Carlin to compete in this season’s GP2 Series. Indonesia's Rio Haryanto and British hopeful Max Chilton will drive for the newly renamed Marussia Carlin GP2 Team.

Carlin have won over 215 races in Porsche Supercup, Nissan World Series, Formula BMW UK, World Series by Renault and F3 Euro Series. They've also claimed seven British F3 crowns and two Formula Renault 3.5 drivers’ titles.

“Our Young Driver Programme now comprises all the racing categories that are key stepping stones for a driver to navigate their way to the very top and I am very proud of the support we can offer to the next generation of motor racing talent,” explained Marussia's F1 team principal John Booth.

“Since the GP2 Series runs alongside the F1 calendar we will be able to keep a very close watch on Rio and Max from the Marussia F1 Team pit wall. Our Young Driver Programme is a big part of the Marussia F1 Team philosophy, but having spent many years helping to shape the future for many young drivers, it gives me great personal pleasure that we now have a comprehensive ladder that can take drivers with the best potential all the way to the very top.”

Haryanto has competed in the GP3 championship with Marussia Manor Racing over the last two seasons and made his Formula One testing debut, aged just 16, at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test with Marussia (ne Virgin).

“I am looking forward to my first year in the GP2 Series with the Marussia Carlin GP2 Team,” he said. “Carlin is a team that has produced many championship winning drivers over the years. The first year in GP2 will be a steep learning curve but I will be trying to learn as much as possible and aim for consistent results. I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Twenty year-old Chilton will compete in his third season of GP2, after racing for Carlin in both the main and Asia Series in 2011. He also enjoyed his first taste of Formula One machinery at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, when he drove for the Force India team.

“I’m very excited about the season ahead in GP2,” said Chilton. “Although we didn’t get the results we’d hoped for last season, we had a very good car and I can’t wait to get back on track and build on the progress we’ve made over the winter. To be racing in Marussia livery makes the season ahead even more exciting, and as a driver I’m delighted to be associated with such a young and promising F1 team.”

Marussia already have affiliated teams in Formula Renault and the GP3 Series.

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