Manor will run Jordan King and Rio Haryanto during next week's Pirelli tyre test in Abu Dhabi
Development driver King gets his first opportunity to drive an F1 car
Last Updated: 19/02/16 11:09am
Manor will run development driver Jordan King and Rio Haryanto during next week's Pirelli tyre test in Abu Dhabi.
The test, which takes place two days after Sunday's grand prix at the Yas Marina circuit, will give King his first opportunity to drive an F1 car.
"The Development Driver role has been a fantastic opportunity for me this season and I have enjoyed and benefited from every minute spent with the team," the 21-year-old Briton said.
"The European rounds of GP2 Series mirrored the F1 races, so it was very easy to combine my racing commitments with spending time shadowing the Manor drivers and engineers.
"In Austin and Mexico, I was able to fully immerse myself in the F1 environment and I'm learning about how things work on and off the race track.
"Naturally, what I've been looking forward to most is the chance to drive the MR03B, and I can't wait to bring everything I've learned together in Abu Dhabi next week."
Haryanto has already taken part in two young driver tests with the team, in 2010 and 2012.
"I'm really looking forward to being back with the team at the Abu Dhabi test," the 22-year-old Indonesian said. "In many ways it is essentially the same team, although the car is quite different.
"I feel much better prepared for this test, and after a very competitive season in GP2, I can't wait to show how much I have developed to become a more complete driver."
This season, both drivers are competing in GP2 Series, with Haryanto currently fourth and Jordan 12th in the drivers' standings ahead of the final rounds, also in Abu Dhabi this weekend.
"We look forward to providing Rio and Jordan with the opportunity to drive the MR03B in Abu Dhabi next week," team principal John Booth added. "For Jordan, this is a planned part of his 2015 role as Development Driver, following a season spent with the team in an educational capacity.
"Rio has of course driven two of our cars in previous tests. In 2010, he was considered to be at the very tender age of 17 years old, but we knew he had an exciting future ahead of him.
"Both drivers have extensive experience of running Pirelli tyres in GP2, and specifically the many GP2 tests that have been held in Abu Dhabi, so this leaves them well placed to help us play our part in Pirelli's evaluation programme next week."
Watch the Abu Dhabi GP live on Sky Sports F1. Race-show coverage begins at 11:30am on Sunday with lights out at 1pm. Watch all three days of the Abu Dhabi GP for £10.99 on NOW TV. No contract.