The post-British Grand Prix test at Silverstone will see Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto drive for the Caterham-Renault team. The current GP2 Series driver will run on the second day of the test, with Formula Renault 3.5 Series race winner Will Stevens running on day one.
Haryanto has past experience in Formula One testing, competing for the Virgin Racing/Marussia Formula One team back in the young driver tests of 2010 and 2012.
The Indonesian races for the EQ8 Caterham Racing team in the GP2 Series this year, and took a podium finish earlier this season in Monaco. He currently sits tenth in the standings, six places and sixteen points ahead of Alexander Rossi, who has already ran a free practice session during the 2014 Formula 1 season for Caterham in Canada.
The 21-year-old is looking forward to his first experience of the new F1 cars, having tested previously in the older specification era. He is looking to make this opportunity a good learning experience to take forward as he looks to further his career in motorsport.
“I can’t wait to be back in an F1 car and I’m delighted it’s with Caterham F1 Team, the senior team to EQ8 Caterham Racing,” said Haryanto. “The last time I drove an F1 car was at the young driver test at Silverstone in 2012 and with the new engine regulations this year I’m sure it’ll be a very different experience.
“The goal for me is to use this day as another learning experience, another chance to build on the F1 laps I’ve already done, and while my focus before the test is obviously to do the best job I can in GP2, I will be 100% ready to work to the plan the team set and help them develop as best I can.
“I would like to take this chance to thank Pertamina for their continued support during my GP2 season with EQ8 Caterham Racing, which has provided me with the opportunity to test the Caterham F1 Team car.”