Marussia Virgin Racing are pleased to announce that Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Charles Pic and Reserve Driver Robert Wickens will join the team for next week’s Young Driver Test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi from 15-17 November.
Adrian will get the test underway on the first morning (Tuesday) as his reward for being the best classified Marussia Manor Racing driver in the 2011 GP3 Championship. After carrying out two straight-line aero tests for the team earlier in the year - in Idiada, Spain and at RAF Cottesmore, UK - this will be Adrian’s third foray behind the wheel of the MVR-02 but his first outing in the car at a Formula One circuit.
For Frenchman Charles Pic this will be the first time he has driven an F1 car. He will take over the reins of the MVR-02 on Tuesday afternoon, followed by a further day of running on Wednesday. The 21 year-old finished 4th in this year’s GP2 Series Championship, securing two race wins, five podiums and three pole positions along the way.
John Booth, Team Principal “We’re delighted to be able to offer Adrian, Charles and our Reserve Driver Robert Wickens seat time in the MVR-02 next week and in return we look forward to some convincing performances from all of them. The Young Driver Test is a fantastic opportunity to see the cream of the next generation of talent in action for the various teams and to enable them to demonstrate that they have what it takes to progress to the highest level of motorsport.”
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs “I can’t wait to drive the Marussia Virgin Racing Formula One car again. I’m even more excited this time out as I’ll get the chance to run at a proper racing circuit and show more of what I can do. I’m going to enjoy the experience but at the same time I want to learn as much as possible with the team as it’s an important stepping stone for the future.”