Three junior drivers get Force India run-out

Date published: May 1 2018 - Editor

Nicholas Latifi, Nikita Mazepin and George Russell will all get behind the wheel of Force India’s VJM11 at the first in-season test after the Spanish Grand Prix.

Latifi, who finished fifth in last year’s Formula 2 championship and is currently eighth in the 2018 standings, will get his first opportunity to test with Force India after joining the team in a development role ahead of the 2018 season.

The Canadian already has some FP1 appearances coming his way, starting on home soil in Montreal, but will also be driving in Spain on the Tuesday after the grand prix.

He will then hand over duties to Mazepin on the Wednesday and, because Pirelli’s 2018 tyre testing programme is also taking place at the Circuit de Catalunya, Mercedes youngster George Russell will be taking the second VJM11 out for a spin, too.

Russell will be driving on Tuesday, also, and it will be first time he has hopped back into the Force India car after impressing in his first practice session at the Brazilian Grand Prix last year.