Manor Marussia has confirmed that Roberto Merhi will partner Will Stevens in what it calls “the opening rounds” of this year’s World Championship.
In addition, GP2 racer Jordan King, whose father Justin is the interim chairman of the team, has been announced as a development driver.
Team Principal John Booth said: “Not only are they very talented young drivers with exciting futures ahead of them, they have also been ‘graduates’ of Manor Motorsport in the junior formulae, which is obviously very rewarding for us, given that the development of young talent is an important part of our philosophy.”
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“I am incredibly excited to be making my Formula One debut with Manor Marussia F1 Team in Melbourne this weekend,” said Merhi. “It is a big responsibility but I feel ready to make this step in my career and to show that I can make an important contribution to developing a team.”
“This is such an exciting project, full of great people and with a real chance of success,” said King. “This is another great step closer to my ultimate goal of racing in Formula One.”