Suranovich tested for Marussia Manor at Valencia and Jerez (above) at the end of last year - Photo Credit: GP3 Media Service

Suranovich tested for Marussia Manor at Valencia and Jerez (above) at the end of last year - Photo Credit: GP3 Media Service

Marussia Manor Racing have announced that 16-year-old Russian driver Dmitry Suranovich will race for them in the GP3 Series this season.

Suranovich tested for the team at Valencia and Jerez at the end of 2011. After success in karting he made his car racing debut last year, contesting four rounds of the Formula Abarth series. He is currently racing in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand, where he lies ninth in the standings having scored a podium finish at Timaru.

“I'm really happy to have secured a drive for Marussia Manor Racing, a winning team which is strongly linked to Formula One,” said Suranovich. “It's going to be an exciting season and I can't wait to get started. It's going to be a challenge, but I am ready for it.

“At the winter tests last year I already felt comfortable in the car and working with the team. Now we can continue to work hard together in order to achieve the best result possible in my first season in GP3.”

Team principal Pete Sliwinski added: “We are happy to welcome Dmitry to the team. At the tests in Spain at the end of the year he already understood the category quickly and demonstrated his potential. We are confident that he will do a good job this year.”