F1: Mazepin gets Force India Silverstone test

F1: Mazepin gets Force India Silverstone test

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F1: Mazepin gets Force India Silverstone test

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Russian teenager Nikita Mazepin will make his Formula 1 debut with Force India in the post-British Grand Prix test at Silverstone.

The 17-year-old European Formula 3 racer was signed to a Force India development deal at the start of the season and has attended several grands prix with the team as well as conducting simulator duties.

“There’s no doubt it will be the biggest moment of my career and it’s something I’ve been working towards my whole life,” said Mazepin.

“It’s been a few months since I joined the team and I feel ready for this opportunity.”

Team principal Vijay Mallya said the progress Mazepin had shown in his work with Force India so far had suggested he was ready to try the car on track.

“In just a few months since his announcement as a development driver, Nikita has shown a great level of technical understanding to go with his driving skills,” he said. His progress in our simulator has been excellent and to be in the car during this test is the next step in his natural progression within the team.

“We are looking forward to working with him in Silverstone.”

Other teams using the test to run junior drivers include Mercedes and Toro Rosso, who will field Esteban Ocon and Sergio Sette Camara respectively.

Originally on Autosport.com

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