Merhi to race for Manor at opening rounds of 2015 season

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Manor Marussia has confirmed that Roberto Merhi will race for the team at the opening rounds of the 2015 season.

Merhi, the 2011 European Formula 3 champion, will make his full Formula 1 debut at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix alongside one-time Caterham racer Will Stevens at the team, which returns to the grid after exiting administration last month.

The Spaniard finished third overall in last year’s Formula Renault 3.5 series and completed in three F1 Friday practice runs for Caterham before the team’s collapse.

“I am incredibly excited to be making my Formula 1 debut with Manor Marussia F1 Team in Melbourne this weekend,” Merhi said.

“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.”

GP2 racer Jordan King, son of Manor’s new interim chairman Justin King, has been signed as the team’s development driver.

“I am obviously over the moon to be joining Manor Marussia F1 Team as a development driver,” said the 21-year-old.

“This is such an exciting project, full of great people and with a real chance of success. This is another great step closer to my ultimate goal of racing in Formula 1.”

Manor team principal John Booth added: “It is fantastic to welcome Roberto and Jordan to the team.

“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.”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Caterham F1 Team

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