Rodolfo Gonzalez, Marussia, 2013

Gonzalez to make first F1 appearance during practice

2013 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Rodolfo Gonzalez, Marussia, 2013Marussia reserve Rodolfo Gonzalez will make his first appearance in an official F1 session in Bahrain tomorrow.

The 26-year-old Venezuelan driver will take over Jules Bianchi’s car for the first practice session. Gonzalez has previously tested for Force India and Caterham and is Marussia’s reserve driver.

“I?m really happy with this opportunity to drive in my first FP1 session of the season,” said Gonzalez. “It will be a nice feeling to be back in a car ?ǣ especially to drive a Formula 1 car again ?ǣ and with my previous F1 experience I feel more than comfortable and ready.”

“I love this circuit. It will be quite dusty in FP1 but it?s also good fun and I?m looking forward to seeing what I can achieve. I would like to thank the team for their faith in me. They have made me feel so welcome and have bent over backwards to involve me in every aspect of the racing.”

Gonzalez will make further practice session appearances during the year and the team will alternate which of their regular drivers’ cars he takes over.

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