Alfonso Celis, Force India, Circuit de Catalunya, 2016

Force India confirm practice debut for Celis in Bahrain

2016 Bahrain Grand Prix

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Alfonso Celis, Force India, Circuit de Catalunya, 2016
Celis has already tested the team’s car
Force India test driver Alfonso Celis will have his first run in an official F1 practice session in next week’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Celis has already driven the team’s car twice during pre-season testing and was the first to run in the team’s 2016 chasses. He will take the place of Sergio Perez during Friday’s first practice session at the Bahrain International Circuit.

The 19-year-old has prior experience of the track which hosts the Bahrain Grand Prix having raced at the circuit in GP3 last year.

Celis will race in Formula V8 3.5 this year for the AVF team, who he contested the same series with in 2015. He is also scheduled to make further appearances in F1 practice sessions for Force India.

“Each day in the car is a massive learning experience for me and I feel more comfortable with each run,” said Celis after his most recent outing in the team’s car.

“I’ve also been able to get to know the engineers better this week, which is very important for the work I will do for the rest of the season.”

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7 comments on “Force India confirm practice debut for Celis in Bahrain”

  1. I still don’t like this guy, but I wish him good luck, hopefully he will prove us all wrong, for F1 and Mexico’s sakes

  2. Taking over from Perez? Interesting, usually expect the driver with the least backing to make way for pay-practice kids.

    1. @neilosjames Maybe Perez offered him his place to promote the mexican driver.

  3. I hope he does well too.

  4. Sasha Grey in F1?
    anyway, hairstyle lit af!

    1. It’s great isn’t it? More woman on the sport.

  5. Nice joke Force India! Place this slow dude instead of Perez at Perez’s best track. Next time this Celis dude will be filling in for the Hulk in Brazil…

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