19-year-old Antonio Fuoco will get his first taste of a Formula 1 car in Austria next week when he tests for Scuderia Ferrari at the Red Bull Ring.
Fuoco is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, and is currently racing in the GP3 Series with Carlin following a year in the FIA F3 European Championship alongside current Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen.
The Italian youngster will finally get his chance to try out the SF15-T car in Austria next week at the two-day test following this weekend’s grand prix.
Fuoco will share driving duties with Ferrari reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez, who got his last run in the 2015 car at the previous two day test held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya following the Spanish Grand Prix in May.
The running at the Red Bull Ring will act as the final in-season test of 2015, and is expected to herald the arrival of a number of upgrades for teams such as Force India and McLaren.
Of the four days of in-season testing this year, teams have been required to allocate two to young drivers that lack grand prix experience.
Ferrari has filled its allocation with Fuoco and fellow FDA member Raffaele Marciello, who tested for the team in Barcelona alongside Gutierrez last month.
Marciello will be in Austria for the test, but will instead spend a day with Sauber F1 Team for whom he acts as a reserve driver.
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