GP2 driver Sam Bird will be given an opportunity to test drive the Mercedes GP W01 at Sam Bird took his maiden GP2 victory at the last round in Monzathe season-ending Abu Dhabi young driver test session, the team has confirmed.

This won’t be Bird’s first outing in a Formula 1 car, with the British driver having tested a Williams in 2007, where he performed a series of straight-line tests at Kemble airfield.

Bird currently drives for the ART Grand Prix team and lies fifth in the GP2 series, having recently won the feature race at the last round in Monza from pole position, and backed that up with third place in Sunday’s sprint race. The 23-year-old has also finished on the podium at Turkey and Valencia this year.

“We are very pleased that Sam will be joining Mercedes for the Young Driver test next month and are confident that he will provide the team with the essential consistency and feedback we require,” team boss Ross Brawn said as part of the announcement.

Sam Bird “This is also an excellent chance for Sam to continue his progression in motorsport and widen his experience of Formula 1.

“Sam has been chosen due to his relevant current single-seater pedigree through his competition in GP2, the F3 Euro Series and British F3 and as an added bonus, he will have experience of the track from his GP2 racing over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. We look forward to working with Sam at the test and to seeing his progress and feedback over the two days,” Brawn added.

[Original images via AUTOSPORT and LAT]

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