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Ellinas to make test debut with Marussia this week 17 Jun 2013

Tio Ellinas (CYP) Marussia Manor Racing finished third in race 2. GP3 Series, Rd3, Valencia, Spain, 22-24 June 2012. John Booth (GBR) Marussia Racing Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Race, Suzuka, Japan, Sunday, 7 October 2012

Following a second positive race weekend in the 2013 GP3 Series, Marussia young driver programme member Tio Ellinas has been handed his first Formula One test. Ellinas will conduct a scheduled straight-line aerodynamic evaluation with the team at the UK’s Kemble Airfield on Tuesday.

Ellinas, 21, is now in his second season of competition with Marussia Manor Racing in GP3 and currently leads the championship. Last year, as the team’s most successful driver, he won a slot with Marussia in the 2013 Formula One young driver test, which will take place at Silverstone next month. His preparatory test this week will make Ellinas the first Greek-Cypriot to drive an F1 car.

“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. 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. I can’t pretend I’m not excited about the F1 tests and I would like to thank the Marussia F1 Team for the faith they have shown in me. I hope to do a good job to reward that.”

John Booth, Marussia team principal, commented: “Tio has done a very impressive job for our GP3 team over one and a half seasons now. We were very pleased to welcome him back for a second term and even more delighted when he brought us our first victory of the season in the opening round in Spain. He is definitely a star of the future and deserves both of the opportunities that we are putting his way, starting with this week’s aero test at Kemble. This will provide him with some good familiarization time with the car, which will then enable him to push when we get to the young driver test next month. We look forward to seeing what he can do.”

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