Sahara Force India has confirmed Mercedes AMG test driver Pascal Wehrlein will drive its car during the second F1 test of the pre-season at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The team, which skipped the opening test of the year in Jerez, will be making its first official appearance of the 2015 F1 season in Barcelona, albeit only with its 2014-specification VJM07 on the latest Pirelli tyres.

Wehrlein's presence was first hinted days ago as an apparent means of recompense to Mercedes for use of its power units amidst rumours that Force India is struggling to make payments to its suppliers, including the German manufacturer.

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As such, the German driver - who competes in the DTM with Mercedes - will be present in Force India colours in Barcelona to drive the VJM07 on the Thursday and the Saturday, with two further in-seasons also planned. Race drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg will get their time in the car on Friday and Sunday respectively.

"I am very happy that Sahara Force India has offered me the opportunity to drive their car for two days at the official test in Barcelona and that Mercedes-Benz has supported me to make this happen," said Wehrlein, who tested with Mercedes AMG in the post-season Abu Dhabi F1 test last year. "As a young driver, any time you can spend in the car is extremely important and you can learn a lot. I know the simulator already, but I don?t have much experience on the track.

"My first goal in Spain will be to do a great job together with the team, to learn as much as possible and to give good feedback to the engineers. I have already driven the world champion Mercedes-Benz F1 W05 Hybrid and the comparison with Sahara Force India will be very exciting for me: the way the team works, how they improve the car and handle problems - all this will help me to gain experience and to reach the next level in my development.

"Everybody knows that lap times only play a secondary role when you're testing. Butof course I want to be as competitive as possible. Sahara Force India performed very strongly last season and I hope I will be able to make a small contribution to push the team forward and be ready for the opening race in Melbourne."

For team manager Vijay Mallya, the chance to test Wehrlein is indicative of its 'strong working relationship' with Mercedes-Benz.

"I'm pleased to give Pascal a chance to work with us in Barcelona. He's an exciting young talent who has already proved he has what it takes to be successful at the highest level in motorsport.

"As a reserve driver for Mercedes-Benz, he's clearly destined for a career in Formula One and I'm sure the test will be a positive experience on both sides. Being able to call upon Pascal for testing duties is also a clear demonstration of our strong working relationship with our engine partner, Mercedes-Benz, and I thank them for their collaboration."

Despite being the first team to reveal its livery for 2015 - if not the VJM08 car it will contest this year -, Force India has been beset with budgetary issues in the run up to the new season.

Nonetheless, the team insists the as-yet-unseen VJM08 will get its first run at the second Barcelona F1 test starting on February 26th in readiness for the opening round in Australia on March 13-15.