Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi has been drafted in to complete DS Virgin Racing’s line-up for this month’s rookie test in Morocco.
Giovinazzi spent 2017 as back-up to Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen, and competed in Australia and China in place of the unfit Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber.
Giovinazzi, who also carried out Haas practice runs, was in contention for a Sauber seat for 2018 but missed out to Marcus Ericsson, though will retain a connection to the squad and receive six FP1 outings.
Giovinazzi will sample DS Virgin’s DSV-03 machine in the post-Marrakech rookie test, alongside BMW DTM newcomer and F3 runner-up Joel Eriksson.
The publication of the FIA’s entry list also revealed that Williams simulator driver and Mercedes DTM ace Gary Paffett will link up with Venturi.
Elsewhere, Formula 2 driver Alexander Albon will test for Renault e.dams, amid a mooted move to its sister squad in Formula 1’s feeder series, along with Japanese F3 champion Mitsunori Takaboshi.