GP3 Series points leader Tio Ellinas says it is a ‘great honour’ to be the first Cypriot to test a Formula 1 car after conducting a straight line test for Marussia.
The 21-year-old completed an aero evaluation programme for Marussia at Kemble Airfield on Tuesday.
“Today was every bit as exciting as I expected it to be and a very special moment in my career,” said Ellinas.
“I will always remember this day I’m sure. I got used to the car and systems quickly and felt very comfortable quite early on. After that I had quite a detailed programme to work through but it was very rewarding to be doing testing that will be of real value to the Team going forwards.”
“Now I can’t wait for my next opportunity at the Young Driver Test next month and I feel that the work I’ve done here will benefit me significantly for that. I’d like to thank the Team for being so welcoming and the many fans all over the world who have shown their support for the Team and for me today. It has been overwhelming and I want everyone to know that it is an honour to be the first Cypriot to drive a Formula One car.”