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Marussia confirms drivers for Silverstone test

8 July 2013

Rodolfo Gonzalez and Tio Ellinas will drive for Marussia at the Young Driver Test at Silverstone next week, it has been announced.

The Banbury-based outfit confirmed the line-up today via Twitter, with Ellinas set to kick things off on Wednesday July 17. Ellinas gets the run as a 'reward' for being the highest placed Marussia Manor GP3 Driver of 2012. The Cypriot's outing was previously announced back in April and he has since done a straight line test at Kemble Airfield.

Gonzalez meanwhile will run on days two and three (July 18-19) as he looks to build on his three outings in opening practice in Bahrain, Spain and last weekend in Germany at the Nurburgring.

Marussia race drivers Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton will not be in action, although teams are allowed to run their race drivers on one of the three days in the wake of Pirelli's tyre problems experienced at Silverstone and the decision to bring in new tyres from Hungary.

"It was agreed on Wednesday that the rookies will have the equivalent of two days and the race drivers will be allowed one day. Teams will carve it up as they see fit," Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner told the official F1 site over the German GP weekend.


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