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Leimer set for FP1 in Hungary

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23/07/2015

Manor has confirmed that Fabio Leimer will take part in FP! in Hungary this weekend.

The 26-year-old, from Rothrist in Switzerland, joined the team as an official reserve driver last month, ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

In addition to working closely with the drivers and engineers at races, his participation in an FP1 session was a scheduled step in his ‘induction', in order that he is fully acquainted with the MR03B and able to deputise in the event that a race driver is unable to compete.

Leimer, winner of the 2013 GP2 series and winner of the 2011 GP2 Final, is also a former Formula Master series champion, prior to which he competed in Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula BMW ADAC.

"On this most difficult of weekends for the team, I am very appreciative of their decision to continue with my planned FP1 session," said the Swiss. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity and I hope I can make a positive contribution to the engineering programme for the weekend."

"Running Fabio in a Free Practice 1 session is a planned opportunity that we have all been working towards for some time," added John Booth. "We have enjoyed welcoming him into the team over the past few races and it will be interesting to gain his feedback on the car and assess his performance."

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