Artem Markelov set for first official Renault F1 test run in Hungary

Formula 2 frontrunner Artem Markelov will drive Renault's 2018 Formula 1 car in in-season Hungary testing, Autosport has learned

Artem Markelov set for first official Renault F1 test run in Hungary

Markelov, who joined Renault as test and development driver at the start of the year, will thus make his first outing in a current-specification F1 machine.

The Russian sampled a 2016-spec Renault RS16 at Paul Ricard earlier this month, but has yet to take part in an official F1 test session.

Markelov, who has been competing in F1's main feeder series GP2 - subsequently rebranded as F2 - since 2014, was runner-up to current Sauber driver Charles Leclerc in the category last year.

Driving for Russian Time, he sits fourth in the championship's 2018 standings, with three wins to his name in the ongoing campaign.

At the Hungaroring, Markelov will split Renault test duties with the team's regular driver Nico Hulkenberg.

Both drivers will get a day of running each during the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test, taking place on July 31 and August 1.

Fielding Markelov will allow Renault to fulfil F1's quota for rookie-allocated days of in-season testing, with the French team having run its reserve driver Jack Aitken alongside Hulkenberg's team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr. in May's Barcelona test.

Renault's midfield rival Force India's line-up for Hungary has also been confirmed, with the team announcing it will field its reserve Nicholas Latifi on the first day and development driver Nikita Mazepin on day two.

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