DTM champ Wittmann to test for Toro Rosso in Austria

by Paul Hensby

2014 DTM Series champion Marco Wittmann will make his Formula 1 test debut in Austria after being announced to run with the Scuderia Toro Rosso team on Wednesday.

Wittmann had been scheduled to test a two-year-old Toro Rosso late last year as part of his reward for winning the DTM championship last year, but the test was cancelled due to inclement weather, with the German driver taking over from regular driver Max Verstappen, who will test the STR10 on Tuesday.

“It’s fantastic that BMW Motorsport and Red Bull are giving me this opportunity to take part in the test,” said Wittmann. “This is a dream come true for me. As a child, I always wanted to drive a Formula 1 car.

“After many successful races in my BMW DTM car, I am excited about getting back in a single-seater for a brief outing. Above all, I am excited about an even higher top speed, the acceleration, braking later, and the g-force.”

Current GP2 Series Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne will get his first taste of the McLaren-Honda MP4/30 on Wednesday since testing an interim car in the post-Abu Dhabi tests in 2015.

The Manor F1 Team will skip the test in Austria, just like they did in the previous post-race test at the Circuit de Catalunya in May.

Red Bull Ring Testing Line-up

Mercedes AMG PETRONASNico RosbergPascal Wehrlein
Scuderia FerrariAntonio FuocoEsteban Gutierrez
Infiniti Red Bull RacingDaniel RicciardoPierre Gasly
Williams Martini RacingSusie WolffValtteri Bottas
McLaren-HondaFernando AlonsoStoffel Vandoorne
Lotus F1 TeamRomain GrosjeanJolyon Palmer
Sahara Force IndiaPascal WehrleinEsteban Ocon
Scuderia Toro RossoMax VerstappenMarco Wittmann
Sauber F1 TeamRaffaele MarcielloFelipe Nasr
Manor F1 Team--

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