Celis gets two days of running in new Force India

Alfonso Celis Jr will be the man in charge of rolling out the new Force India when F1 testing kicks off at Barcelona on Monday.

The 19-year-old Mexican, who made his debut with the Silverstone-based team in last year's Pirelli tyre test in Abu Dhabi, will drive the new VJM09 on the first and final days of the test.

Racing drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg will get just one of running in the new car, the Mexican driving on Tuesday and the German on Wednesday.

Hulkenberg will then kick off the second test the following week for the team, alternating driving duties with Perez.

Celis, who raced in GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 last year, was signed as a Force India development driver in 2015.

He admitted last year that his goal was to land a Force India race seat in 2017.

First test line-up so far:

TeamFeb 22Feb 23Feb 24Feb 25
Mercedes TBA TBA TBA TBA
Ferrari TBA TBA TBA TBA
Williams  Bottas  Bottas  Massa  Massa
Red Bull TBA TBA TBA TBA
Force India  Celis  Perez  Hulkenberg  Celis
Renault TBA TBA TBA TBA
Toro Rosso  Sainz  Verstappen  Sainz  Verstappen
Sauber TBA TBA TBA TBA
McLaren TBA TBA TBA TBA
Manor TBA TBA TBA TBA
Haas  Grosjean  Gutierrez  Grosjean  Gutierrez

Second test line-up so far:

TeamMar 1Mar 2Mar 3Mar 4
Mercedes TBA TBA TBA TBA
Ferrari TBA TBA TBA TBA
Williams  Bottas  Bottas  Massa  Massa
Red Bull TBA TBA TBA TBA
Force India  Hulkenberg  Perez  Hulkenberg  Perez
Renault TBA TBA TBA TBA
Toro Rosso  Verstappen  Sainz  Verstappen  Sainz
Sauber TBA TBA TBA TBA
McLaren TBA TBA TBA TBA
Manor TBA TBA TBA TBA
Haas  Gutierrez  Gutierrez  Grosjean  Grosjean

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Alfonso Celis Jr.
Teams Force India
Article type Breaking news