Brit Max Chilton has been given the role of Marussia reserve driver for the last six races of the season, once his GP2 commitments are finished this weekend in Singapore.
Chilton, who races for the Marussia Carlin team, drive the MR01 in the Young Driver test at Silverstone in July.
Team boss John Booth said: “Max Chilton’s impressive performances for the team this season have gone far from unnoticed and he seems to mature with each new round. We were all delighted to see him convert that into, first, his maiden pole position and then his inaugural victory in Hungary last month.
“In the role of our Reserve Driver for the rest of the 2012 season, Max will be exposed to the demands of competing in Formula 1 to the extent that he will be fully prepared to step into the MR01 should it be required. Max has already driven the car at our Young Driver Test, so this is an opportunity for him to build on his experience of working with the engineers as well as the other demands placed on our drivers, including marketing activity.”
Chilton added: “I feel like my racing has really matured this season and to now be able to combine that with real insight into the engineering activities of an F1 team, and the level of preparation required of an F1 driver, really moves my career onto the next level.”