Rio Haryanto, Virgin, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Chilton and Haryanto to test for Marussia

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Rio Haryanto, Virgin, Abu Dhabi, 2010Max Chilton and Rio Haryanto will drive for Marussia in the Young Drivers’ Test at Silverstone on Thursday and Friday this week.

The pair are part of Marussia’s young driver programme and drive for the Carlin team in GP2.

Marussia are one of three teams testing at Silverstone at the end of the week. Williams will be present with Valtteri Bottas and HRT will run Ma Qing Hua.

The remaining nine teams will have a separate Young Drivers’ Test later this year.

Chilton said: “I?m really excited to be taking part in the Young Driver Test for Marussia F1 Team. I have driven an F1 car once before – the Force India in 2011 – but I feel that with another year of GP2 competition under my belt to develop my driving further I feel much more prepared this time and eager to demonstrate that progression.

“The team have come up with a great programme, which has a bit of everything we need to showcase our potential. I can?t wait for the opportunity and thanks to the team, who have already been a great support to me in GP2 this season.??

Haryanto previously tested for the team in 2010, when it was still called Virgin (pictured). “For this test at Silverstone I am much better prepared from a technical and fitness point of view,” he said.

“With the limited testing available in Formula 1, any time a young driver can spend in an F1 car is valuable for the future. I am looking forward to the experience and back home in Indonesia I am sure millions of fans will be happy to see me take another step towards my dream of becoming Indonesia?s first driver to enter the FIA Formula 1 World championship.”

Marussia test driver Maria de Villota is continuing to recover from the injuries she sustained when driving the MR02 at Duxford Aerodrome a week ago. On Sunday the team said her sedation had been reduced, she had regained consciousness and spoken with her family.

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