2013 F1 season
Marussia have signed Rodolfo Gonzalez as their reserve driver for 2013.
Team principal John Booth said Gonzalez: “has all the right experience to be able to fulfil the role of reserve driver in the event that he is required to step into a seat”.
“To further prepare him we look forward to seeing him take part in a number of FP1 sessions throughout the season, when we will also have the opportunity to evaluate his performances for the future,” he added.
Gonzalez will also drive for the team at this year’s Young Driver Test. The 26-year-old Venezuelan tested for Force India and Caterham last year, and also drove for the latter during 2010 when it was Lotus.
“I am looking forward to being part of the team, starting this weekend in Melbourne, and I would like to thank the team for their trust in me and this fantastic opportunity,” said Gonzalez.
“Although it is a big moment for my career, the people of Venezuela are going through a sad time at present due to the death of President [Hugo] Chavez, so I hope this news lifts their spirits a little. For me, I am disappointed that I was not able to share the news with him personally.”
Gonzalez spent the last three years racing in GP2, scoring a best finish of fourth at Spa-Francorchamps in 2010.
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