As the 2015 Formula 1 regular season concludes this weekend at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, so too does the testing calendar with a post-season Pirelli test occurring next Tuesday, December 1.
Manor will run youngsters Jordan King (Great Britain) and Rio Haryanto (Indonesia) for half a day apiece. The GP2 drivers also conclude their own seasons this weekend; Haryanto enters fourth in points with King in 12th. This will be King’s first day in an F1 car while Haryanto has had a couple previous tests.
Meanwhile Manor has Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi in the F1 cars for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Merhi back for the first time since the Russian Grand Prix, and Stevens making his first return appearance to a GP after his one-off debut last year in what was Caterham’s last ever start.
“For Jordan, this is a planned part of his 2015 role as development driver, following a season spent with the team in an educational capacity,” soon-to-be-departed Manor team principal John Booth said.
“Rio has of course driven two of our cars in previous tests. In 2010, he was considered to be at the very tender age of 17 years old, but we knew he had an exciting future ahead of him.”
Haryanto has been rumored in recent days to be in the frame for a race seat in 2016, but has the slight discrepancy of not having enough points to qualify for an FIA Superlicense under the new points system established this year.
NBCSN insider/pit reporter Will Buxton pointed out the “curious case” of young Haryanto below: