Date: 18th June 2013 at 10:50am
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Straight-line aero tests are being carried out by Tio Ellinas today for Marussia.

The GP3 championship leader, part of Marussia’s ?young driver academy?, will be given his first chance in the MR02 at Kemble Airfield.

Next month the Cypriot will undergo his young driver test as he looks to make the step up to F1 in the future, he said: ‘It goes without saying that I am thrilled to get this additional opportunity to drive the Marussia F1 Team MR02 race car.

‘I have been looking forward to the young driver test since last Autumn and the weeks can’t pass quickly enough. Being able to conduct the straight line test this week will help to bridge the gap until Silverstone and will also mean I can hit the ground running there as I will already be familiar with the car systems and the Team’s procedures.

‘In the meantime I have been trying to focus on my GP3 season as I want to give it my all. I can’t pretend I’m not excited about the F1 tests and I would like to thank the Marussia F1 Team for the faith they have shown in me. I hope to do a good job to reward that.’

Good luck Ellinas; it’s the likes of him that are the future for F1.

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