GP3 Series racer Tio Ellinas will become the first driver from Cyprus to get behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car when he conducts a straight-line aerodynamic test for the Marussia F1 team at Kemble Airfield tomorrow.
The 21-year-old currently races for Marussia’s GP3 Series team and he currently leads the Drivers’ Championship standings after the first four races, having claimed victory in the opening race at Barcelona.
Ellinas will perform a series of runs behind the wheel of the MR02, which will also allow him to get comfortable with the car’s complicated controls ahead of his ‘Young Drivers’ test outing with the team at Silverstone later this month between 17-19 July.
“It goes without saying that I am thrilled to get this additional opportunity to drive the Marussia F1 Team MR02 race car,” he said.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the Caterham F1 Team will use one of its straight-line test days on Thursday in France, with Spanish GP2 racer Sergio Canamasas piloting the team’s CT03.
Canamasas, 27, currently races for Caterham’s GP2 Series team, having failed to score a point this season. The Barcelona-born driver’s junior series results have hardly been much to write home about, and he hasn’t won a race since he graduated from karting at the end of 2006.
Thankfully, given that Canamasas will only be driving in straight lines up and down a runway, he will be at little risk of crashing into another driver or a wall – a feat for which he has become rather notorious in recent years!