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Ken Block is to get his first taste of Formula 1 machinery later this year when he drives Pirelli’s Toyota test car at Monza in August.

Block’s run will come after Pirelli test driver Lucas de Grassi spends two days at the track testing the latest Formula One compounds.

Speaking to AUTOSPORT in Montreal about the test, Block said: “I never imagined that something like this would even be available.

“But Pirelli saw the idea of doing something unique and different with me. They have been a great partner with me for everything I have been doing, so it is just something that for me is a dream come true.

“I have so little experience in open wheel asphalt, so it will be a huge learning experience for me.”

Block is not the only world rally star to have tried his hand at Formula One: Sebastien Loeb has also tested for Red Bull Racing in the past.
Block said he would have to do some intense preparations beforehand – which would include on his fitness and learning the Monza circuit.

“I’ll do a lot of neck exercises,” he explained. “I am going to be doing two days in the simulator in Germany to get familiar with the steering wheel and what the car does, and also getting to know the track.