Russell to test F1 with Mercedes and Force India

Russell to test F1 with Mercedes and Force India

The GP3 champion who participated in the F1 test for the first time with the Force India team for the past year shares Pascal Wehrlein with the substitute driver of the Mercedes F1 team this year.

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Force India has announced that Nichoals Latifi will be the third pilot in 2018 and the team's development pilot will continue to be European Formula 3 pilot Nikita Mazepin.

While Russell is expected to test with Mercedes this year, he is expected to continue his relationship with the Force India team he joined last year's training in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

Motorsport.com learned that the young driver will participate in Friday training with Force India while he learned that he will be driving the Mercedes W09 in mid-season testing on May 15-16 in Barcelona or on July 31st / August. Pirelli can also use W09 in tire testing.

"We will continue to work for us," said Otmar Szafnauer, Chief Operating Officer of Force India, speaking to Motorsport.com. , he said that they would follow along with the work that they would do during the season with Latifi who made the simulator work.

It is known that Force India has already worked with Mercedes young drivers in the past. Esteban Ocon made his first test here in 2015 and is now on the team's racing seat.

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Russell said it was possible to test it with Mercedes and added: "This is among my cards, and I would love to go to Force India's steering."

The young pilot said that Force India was a great place to start his F1 career after his first tests last year.

2014 McLaren owns the Autosport BRDC Award, "I see no reason to resume this relationship during this year."

"Mercedes supports me in this regard, but at the same time I know that Formula 2 is my priority, which is my main focus." said.

Ocon continues to be a candidate for the seat of Valtteri Bottas at the end of his contract.

Russell is not doing a good job with ART in F2 this year and hopes to go to Formula 1 in 2019.

"Force India is one of the places I look at next season, and we're continuing our relationship this year, and there's no reason it will not turn into a full-time seat next year."

"Mercedes, if a young driver deserves it, gives him a chance." If I can show myself in F2 and Mercedes this year and believe I have done a good job myself, I'm sure they will get a seat in F1, they will find a place for me. "

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