Mazepin previously joined Force India, now Racing Point, as a development driver in 2016, and has tested their cars in the last three seasons.
Teams are required by the rules to give two days of testing to drivers who have competed in fewer than three F1 races. Mazepin fulfils this requirement, while the team’s reserve driver Esteban Ocon does not.
Mazepin’s father Dmitry is a non-executive director at Uralkali, which was one of the bidders for the assets of the Force India team when it went into administration last year. The company launched a legal action against administrators FRP Advisory when rival bidder Lawrence Stroll’s consortium was chosen as the buyer.
After the first six races of the 2019 F2 season Mazepin has scored four points and lies 16th in the championship, fifth among the rookie drivers.
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