2011 F1 testing
Mercedes will run GP2 driver Sam Bird in the young drivers’ test at the end of the season.
Bird lies fifth in the GP2 championship and will contest the final two rounds of the championship at Yas Marina before his F1 test.
Team Principal Ross Brawn said:
Sam has done an impressive job in the GP2 Series during his first season. He is the highest-placed rookie in the championship order with some excellent results over the year.
Sam has been chosen due to his relevant current single-seater pedigree through his competition in GP2, the F3 EuroSeries 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’s claim that Bird is the highest-placed rookie in GP2 at the moment is not quite right – team mate Jules Bianchi, who is also a newcomer to the series, is two places ahead of him in the standings.
Bird has previously tested for Williams.