Tio Ellinas completed his debut run in a Marussia aero evaluation programme at Kemble Airfield on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Cypriot is a member of the Marussia F1 Team's Young Driver Programme and current GP3 Series leader.

Ellinas completed a full aero mapping programme with the evaluation of a variety of ride height settings as well as plenty of extra data logging to assist the team with the correlation of its wind tunnel programme. Marussia also experimented with some new options to aid its longer-term aero development programme.

Ellinas says he felt at home in the Marussia and that the test run was a day to remember in short career so far: "Today was every bit as exciting as I expected it to be and a very special moment in my career," he said.

"I got used to the car and systems quickly and felt very comfortable quite early on. After that I had quite a detailed programme to work through but it was very rewarding to be doing testing that will be of real value to the team going forwards.

"Now I can't wait for my next opportunity at the Young Driver Test next month and I feel that the work I've done here will benefit me significantly for that."

Dave Greenwood, chief engineer for Marussia, says Ellinas did an 'excellent' job and wants to see more of the youngster in the future: "It has been a real pleasure working with Tio today at what is an important mid-season aero test for the team," he said.

"He has done an excellent job on his first outing in an F1 car and we look forward to seeing more of his potential in more representative circuit conditions at the Young Driver Test next month.

"We've had a good clear run at the day despite some damp conditions early on and this has enabled us to complete an extensive programme of aerodynamic evaluations which will yield benefit during the rest of this season and for our longer-term development."


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