Force India will give testing time to Nikita Mazepin & DTM driver Lucas Auer at the upcoming Budapest test. Formula One holds a two day test at the Hungaroring following the Hungarian Grand Prix in a little under a fortnight.
Running on the Tuesday and Wednesday following the race, Force India have opted to run Nikita Mazepin & DTM’s Lucas Auer for a half day on each day.The 22 year old Austrian currently drives for Mercedes, where he lies in second place in the championship, and says this is one of the most special bits of news he’s ever received: “Really exciting news – the most beautiful moment of my life. For me, it’s a childhood dream come true to drive an F1 car for the first time. I’m particularly proud that this will happen with Sahara Force India – a top Formula One team.
I must say thank you to everybody who has worked to make this possible, especially to the team at Force India who have given me this opportunity. I will be aiming to make the most of the test – and, of course, I’ll be savouring every second of it.”
Mazepin, a development driver with Force India, returns to an F1 cockpit after testing with the team last year. He’s currently racing with the Mercedes powered Hitech team in Euro Formula 3.
“I’m really looking forward to testing with Sahara Force India again. I’ve been working with the team for over a year and it’s great to get another chance to drive the car. The last time I drove an F1 car was in 2016 so it’s going to be interesting to make a comparison with the new 2017 regulations.
I learned so much from the last test and it’s an important part of my development as a driver. I’ve been doing lots of simulator work to get ready for the test and I’m working hard to make sure I deliver everything the team expects from me.”