Ryan Cullen completes Marussia Manor Racing's GP3 line-up
22-year-old joins Tio Ellinas and Dino Zamparelli at team
By William Esler. Last Updated: 17/09/13 1:21pm
Ryan Cullen: Has joined Marussia Manor Racing (Image: GP3 Series Media)
Ryan Cullen has completed Marussia Manor Racing's GP3 line-up ahead of the opening race of the 2013 Series at the Circuit de Catalunya.
The 22-year-old Irish-Cypriot drove for rival outfit Bamboo Engineering during the first two pre-season tests in Estoril and Barcelona, but will still head into the season on the back foot given the lateness of the deal.
Cullen raced in British Formula Ford in 2012 and finished sixth in the Drivers' Championship, taking two podium finishes in the final two race weekends at Silverstone and Donington.
"Lining up on the grid in Spain next weekend will be a dream come true for me, but I am well aware that there is a lot of hard work ahead as I play catch-up with my new team-mates, Tio and Dino," Cullen said.
"There is a lot I can learn from them as I get up to speed and this is a fantastically supportive team, so I'm in the best possible hands to make my GP3 debut."
He will be partnered at Marussia Manor Racing by Tio Ellinas and Dino Zamparelli and Marussia F1 Team Principal John Booth is eager to see what his young drivers can do.
"Whilst our focus on the Marussia F1 Team's ambitions in the Formula 1 World Championship is all-consuming, our involvement in the junior categories is a vital component of our racing programme," Booth said.
"We are therefore very excited to see our 2013 GP3 Series challenge get underway next week in Spain and we will be keeping a close eye on our young drivers from the pit wall. We are particularly pleased to see Tio Ellinas back with us for a second successive season and eager to see what Dino and Ryan can achieve as they make their GP3 debuts."