Tio Ellinas is to test with the Marussia F1 team on the back of his performances during the 2012 GP3 season.
The Cypriot will drive at the 2013 Young Driver Test having been the best-placed Marussia Manor Racing driver in GP3 in 2012, having finished eighth in the standings after taking victory in the season finale at Monza.
The 20-year-old will follow in the footsteps of Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Rio Haryanto in taking part in a rookie test with the team and he admitted he couldn't wait for the opportunity.
“It was fantastic to win my first race last weekend at Monza,” the former Formula Renault
racer said. “It has been a tough season, but I have learned a lot and it culminated in the success of the weekend at an amazing circuit. It doesn't quite seem real that I'm going to get my first F1 test; it is something I have always dreamed of since I was a child.
“The test should come after the season next year, so I will be well prepared for it. I have got a lot of work to do before then though, so I will keep my head down over the winter and work hard to prepare for the 2013 season. I really want to thank the Marussia F1 team for this amazing opportunity.”
Team boss John Booth said Ellinas had shown himself to be a worthy winner of the test opportunity.
“Our Young Driver Programme is a significant component of our team and has been since our inception,” he said. “It is very important to us to not only provide opportunities for the current crop of drivers, but also to nurture the next generation of rising stars.
“Whilst we are incredibly focused on the operations of the Marussia F1 Team at Grands Prix, it is second nature to us to watch with interest the very exciting and encouraging performances we see in the support formulae. Tio has done a superb job all season and thoroughly deserves the opportunity of an F1 Test.”