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Ocon to get first Mercedes F1 test at Barcelona

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Ocon to get first Mercedes F1 test at Barcelona
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May 10, 2016, 3:51 PM

Esteban Ocon will get his first taste of the Mercedes Formula 1 car at Barcelona in Spain next week, when he joins the team for the final day of the post-race test.

(L to R): Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team with Esteban Ocon, Renault Sport F1 Team Test Driver
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren Test and Reserve Driver, Esteban Ocon, Renault Sport F1 Team Test Driver, Pierre Gasly, Red Bull Racing Third Driver and Alexander Rossi, Manor Racing Rerserve Driver
Esteban Ocon, Renault Sport F1 Team R16 Test Driver
Esteban Ocon, Mercedes-AMG Team ART, Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM DTM

The Frenchman is part of the Mercedes young driver programme, but has been loaned out to Renault this year to help his development.

He will take part in FP1 at the Spanish Grand Prix for the French car manufacturer, and is also scheduled to run on the opening day of the test for the Renault team as well.

However, Mercedes has confirmed that he will then switch cars to join the Brackley-based outfit for the second day, taking over from Nico Rosberg.

Ocon is not the only youngster getting some running at the first of two in-season tests that are allowed this year.

Williams will give Alex Lynn his first F1 outing of the year on the opening day of the test, before he hands the car over to Felipe Massa.

Force India will be using Alfonso Celis Jr. for both days of the test, while McLaren will split duties between reserve Stoffel Vandoorne and race regular Jenson Button.

Sauber will be the only team not taking part in the test because it has no updates to evaluate nor a young driver to run.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Esteban Ocon
Teams Mercedes Shop Now
Author Jonathan Noble