Force India has announced that Jolyon Palmer and Spike Goddard will drive for the team in the Abu Dhabi test next week.

GP2 champion Palmer will drive on the opening day of the test on Tuesday, while Goddard will be in the car on Wednesday. It will be Palmer's first opportunity to drive an F1 car having become the first Briton to win the GP2 title since Lewis Hamilton in 2006 and he said he hopes to use the test as a springboard to a future in F1.

"Sahara Force India has shown their faith in me by offering this opportunity and I am looking forward to repaying their trust in Abu Dhabi," Palmer said. "I have worked very hard for a chance like this and I want to help the team get the most from this test session. This is a team that has always promoted talent and I hope this opportunity can lead to bigger things in the future."

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Australian Goddard, who has been racing in the FIA European F3 championship, will also drive an F1 car for the first time and admitted it will be a dream come true for him when he takes to the track.

"I would like to thank Sahara Force India for this incredible opportunity," Goddard said. "Every young racing driver dreams to be at the wheel of a Formula One car and I am very excited to be one of the very few who gets to fulfil this dream. The test is an important stage in the preparations for 2015 and I hope my contribution will be useful for the team to get a head start for next season."

Team principal Vijay Mallya said he was keen to continue Force India's approach of giving track time to young drivers.

"I'm pleased that we can conclude our season by giving two promising youngsters their first taste of Formula One," Mallya said. "As a team we have a strong track record of identifying up-and-coming prospects and giving them valuable mileage and experience in our cars.

"I have been following Jolyon's progress this season in GP2 and he is clearly a big talent that deserves a chance in Formula One. Spike has also worked hard to get this chance and it's the perfect opportunity to showcase his skills. I wish Jolyon and Spike all the best for a successful couple of days in Abu Dhabi."