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GP3’s Ellinas awarded Marussia F1™ test 14 Sep 2012

Tio Ellinas (CYP) Marussia Manor Racing finished third in race 2. GP3 Series, Rd3, Valencia, Spain, 22-24 June 2012.

Marussia are to reward Cypriot Tio Ellinas, the most successful Marussia Manor Racing GP3 driver of 2012, with the opportunity to test one of their Formula One cars at the 2013 young driver test. Ellinas, 20, has impressed during his debut GP3 season and took his maiden win in the final race of the year at Monza last weekend.

“It doesn’t quite seem real that I’m going to get my first F1 test; it is something I have always dreamed of since I was a child,” he said. “The test should come after the season next year, so I will be well prepared for it. I have got a lot of work to do before then though, so I will keep my head down over the winter and work hard to prepare for the 2013 season. I really want to thank the Marussia F1 team for this amazing opportunity.”

Ellinas follows in the footsteps of Rio Haryanto and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs in securing the opportunity of an F1 rookie test with Marussia. Quaife-Hobbs won the Auto GP championship this year and Haryanto has enjoyed a positive debut season in GP2.

“Our Young Driver Programme is a significant component of our team and has been since our inception,” explained Marussia team principal John Booth. “It is very important to us to not only provide opportunities for the current crop of drivers, but also to nurture the next generation of rising stars.

“Whilst we are incredibly focused on the operations of the Marussia F1 Team at Grands Prix, it is second nature to us to watch with interest the very exciting and encouraging performances we see in the support formulae. Tio has done a superb job all season and thoroughly deserves the opportunity of an F1 test.”

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