Russian Driver Will Compete for Mercedes on Formula 1 Tests
The second driver, working on the May tests in the Mercedes, will be the main pilot of the team, Valtteri Bottas. It is expected that the Finnish racer will perform on Tuesday, and Mazepin will sit behind the wheel of the car on Wednesday. Earlier in his career, Mazepin had already performed in Formula 1 tests as part of the Force India team (since 2019 - Racing Point). Russian spent behind the wheel of the Indian team's car eight test days. He last participated in the testing of the F-1 car in August last year at a circuit in Hungary.
Earlier it was reported that in 2019 Mazepin will hold 12 private test sessions as part of Mercedes. As part of the program, the Russian racer should fly a 2017 car.
On tests in Barcelona, Mazepin will sit behind the wheel of a Mercedes car of current specification - on these cars, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton brought the German team five winning doubles in the five starting races of the 2019 season. At the moment, the British pilot heads the overall standings of the Formula 1 championship, and Mercedes leads the Constructors' Championship.
This season Mazepin performs in Formula 2 as part of the ART team. After three stages, the driver takes the 16th place in the individual competition, scoring four points. In the first six races of the season, the Russian pilot finished only once in the top ten, taking eighth place at the stage in Baku. The Russian pilot was closely associated with Force India and was its development pilot until control of the racing team passed to Lawrence Stroll. Another contender for the purchase of Force India was Nikita's father, Dmitry Mazepin.