George Russell and Nicholas Latifi tested for Mercedes at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal last weekend.
The pair drove a 2015-specification Mercedes W06. Mercedes confirmed the purpose of the test was to evaluate the two young drivers.
Russell, 19, joined Mercedes’ young driver programme in February. He will race for ART in the GP3 championship which begins at the Circuit de Catalunya next month.
Latifi will start his second full season in Formula Two (previously GP2) this year. The 21-year-old was Renault’s test driver last season but has since left the team.
Teams are permitted to conduct Testing of Previous Cars under the Sporting Regulations providing they use a car which complies with the 2013, 2014 or 2015 rules. The cars must be “built to the specification of the period and only tyres manufactured specifically for this purpose may be used”.
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year