Morris to test with Status Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi

Eighteen-year-old Seb Morris will test for the Status Grand Prix team at the end of season test in Abu Dhabi with a view to stepping up into the GP3 Series in 2015.

The BRDC Rising Star and MSA Talent finished third in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) in 2014, taking wins at both Silverstone and Assen, and the young Briton is already focusing on finding a drive for the 2015 season, and is investigating the possibility of stepping up to the 400bhp GP3 series.

“Now that my 2014 race season is over, our focus has immediately turned to on and off track preparations for 2015 and we are delighted to be going to Abu Dhabi with Status,” insisted Morris. “The challenge of learning to drive the more complex and powerful GP3 car is one I am relishing and I aim to make a good impression.”

Ahead of his maiden GP3 test, Morris will undergo an intensive preparation programme to help him acclimatise with his new surroundings, including fitness and simulator sessions.

“We aim to leave no stone unturned in maximising this opportunity and I can’t wait to get started,” said Morris.

Status Grand Prix Team Principal Teddy Yip Jr welcomed Morris into the team for the test, and admitted they had been observing him this season and felt he had the potential to step up into GP3.

“We welcome Seb on board for the test and greatly look forward to working with him,” stated Yip Jr. “Status has been keeping a close eye on his progress this year and, alongside his wins, his three pole positions have clearly demonstrated real speed.

“Over the three test days he will have chance to learn GP3’s Pirelli P Zero tyre, the car and the track, and then really go about setting some impressive times.”