Nathanael Berthon will make his Formula 1 debut tomorrow when he joins the HRT team for the young driver test at Abu Dhabi. The Frenchman took part in the non-championship GP2 race last weekend with the Racing Engineering team, finishing ninth in the feature race and 19th in the sprint.
Berthon, who had also raced in the GP2 Asia Series, will begin testing on Wednesday and will also be in action on Thursday.
"I'm pleased to have the chance to drive in this test for HRT as this will be my first real contact with a Formula 1 car," said Berthon. "Without a doubt, this will be an experience that will reinforce my motivation for the future, and will help me to learn and understand better all the technology of an F1 car and how the tires react in different situations.
"Formula 1 is what every driver aspires to reach but for me this is another step in my preparation for the future and my long-term objective; I'm just taking this as an experience. My target is to continue working and build my career step by step, and this test is just one more of those small but invaluable steps."