Manor Racing has announced GP2 drivers Jordan King and Rio Haryanto will be on testing duties for the team at the post-season Abu Dhabi Pirelli tyre test next week.
Son of Manor co-owner Justin King, the test will mark Jordan's first outing in an F1 car and his first time at the wheel of the Manor since being announced as its development driver at the start of the season.
With one round to go, King is 12th in the GP2 standings with a best finish of second position at Spa-Francorchamps in August.
“The Development Driver role has been a fantastic opportunity for me this season and I have enjoyed and benefited from every minute spent with the team. The European rounds of GP2 Series mirrored the F1 races, so it was very easy to combine my racing commitments with spending time shadowing the Manor drivers and engineers.
“In Austin and Mexico I was able to fully immerse myself in the F1 environment and I'm learning about how things work on and off the race track. Naturally, what I've been looking forward to most is the chance to drive the MR03B, and I can't wait to bring everything I've learned together in Abu Dhabi next week.”
Haryanto, meanwhile, will be 'returning' to the Manor fold having previously undertaken test driver duties for the team in its former Virgin and Marussia guises. The Indonesian – who enjoys significant backing from state-owned petroleum firm Pertamina – is considered a candidate for a 2016 race drive having enjoyed a strong GP2 campaign that has yielded three wins.
“I'm really looking forward to being back with the team at the Abu Dhabi test. In many ways it is essentially the same team, although the car is quite different. I feel much better prepared for this test, and after a very competitive season in GP2, I can't wait to show how much I have developed to become a more complete driver.”
Manor's participation in Abu Dhabi comes despite missing other in-season outings in Spain and Austria this year, with the test marking the final outing for the 2014-based MR30B-Ferrari before it is replaced with an up to date Mercedes-powered chassis for 2016.
The test – which has been arranged specifically for Pirelli to begin work on its 2016 specification tyres - is also likely to mark the final appearance of Graeme Lowdon and John Booth in the roles as sporting director and team principal after the pair tendered their resignation in October.
Dave Ryan has already been announced as its new racing director.