Top Bird gets Mercedes F1 test

GP2 race winner Sam Bird will test for the Mercedes F1 team in the young driver tests at Yas Marina on November 16/17.

The 23-year-old Briton won the GP2 feature race at Monza and also finished on the podium in the sprint race and, driving for ART, currently lies fifth in the championship. Prior to GP2 he contested the F3 EuroSeries with Mercedes DTM partner team Mücke Motorsport and finished third at Macau.

"Sam has done an impressive job in GP2 during his first season," Ross Brawn said. "He is the highest-placed rookie in the championship. This is an excellent chance for him to continue his progression in motorsport and widen his experience. He has been chosen due to his relevant current single-seater pedigree through his competition in GP2, the F3 EuroSeries and British F3 and as an added bonus, he will have experience of the track from his GP2 racing over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. We look forward to working with Sam at the test and to seeing his progress and feedback over the two days."

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