Mercedes has confirmed that Sam Bird will drive for the team at the Young Driver test days to be held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on November 16-17.

Team principal Ross Brawn has been 'impressed' with what the 23-year-old has achieved this season in his first year in GP2.

Bird, who has competed with ART, won the feature race at Monza recently - and finished second in the sprint. He is currently fifth in the standings with just the Abu Dhabi rounds remaining.

"He is the highest-placed rookie in the championship order with some excellent results over the year," Brawn said.

"We are very pleased that Sam will be joining Mercedes GP for the Young Driver test next month and are confident that he will provide the team with the essential consistency and feedback we require.

"This is also an excellent chance for Sam to continue his progression in motorsport and widen his experience of F1. Sam has been chosen due to his relevant current single-seater pedigree through his competition in GP2, the F3 EuroSeries and British F3 and as an added bonus, he will have experience of the track from his GP2 racing over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. We look forward to working with Sam at the test and to seeing his progress and feedback over the two days."

Mercedes-Benz Motorsport vice-president, Norbert Haug added: "For the upcoming Young Driver test days in Abu Dhabi, it was important for us to find a young and talented driver with single-seater and preferably GP2 experience.

"Sam Bird, who competed in the F3 EuroSeries last year with our DTM partner team M?cke Motorsport before he progressed to the ART team in GP2, who are also partners with Mercedes-Benz in F3, fulfils these requirements.

"With the experience that Sam will gain during the GP2 races in Abu Dhabi, I am sure he will be well prepared for the test."



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