Manor Motorsport has announced it will run a GP3 team in 2010 – and the its top driver will get a test with the new Virgin F1 team.
The two teams will be run from the same base and Manor’s GP3 outfit will form part of Virgin’s driver development programme. They will have access to the same simulator used by the F1 team to help their development.
The new GP3 championship will begin at the Spanish Grand Prix weekend this year.
Former Manor Formula Renault drivers who have graduated to F1 include Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.