LONDON, June 18 (Reuters) - Eftihios ‘Tio’ Ellinas completed a straight-line test for Marussia on Tuesday and claimed a footnote in motorsport history as the first Cypriot to drive a Formula One car.
The 21-year-old Larnaca-born racer, who is currently leading the GP3 junior series for Marussia Manor Racing, carried out an aerodynamic evaluation for the grand prix backmarkers at Kemble airfield in south-west England.
“Today was every bit as exciting as I expected it to be and a very special moment in my career. I will always remember this day, I‘m sure,” he said in a team statement.
“Now I can’t wait for my next opportunity at the Young Driver test (at Silverstone) next month and I feel that the work I’ve done here will benefit me significantly for that.”
Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Stephen Wood