Auer to test for Force India

Date published: July 18 2017

Lucas Auer, the nephew of Gerhard Berger, has been named as part of Force India’s line-up for the post-Hungarian GP test.

The 22-year-old DTM frontrunner will make his Formula 1 debut at the Hungaroring, driving this year’s VJM10.

“Really exciting news – the most beautiful moment of my life,” said Auer.

“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 1 team.”

Development driver Nikita Mazepin, who took part in the post-British GP test with the team last year, will share the driving duties with Auer.

“I’m really looking forward to testing with Sahara Force India again,” said the Russian.

“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.”

Force India team principal Vijay Mallya added: “We are pleased to be running two talented youngsters at the Budapest test.

“We already know Nikita well and giving him time in the VJM10 is the next stage in his development programme with us.

“I’m delighted to welcome Lucas to the team and will follow his progress closely. It’s always a special moment when a driver gets to experience an F1 car for the first time and I’m pleased Lucas can make his debut in one of our cars.”