Gonzalez joins Marussia as reserve driver

Marussia F1 Team

14 March 2013 by TF1T Staff

Marussia has recruited Rodolfo Gonzalez as its reserve driver for the 2013 season, the team confirmed on Thursday.

Gonzalez will get the opportunity to drive in a number of Friday practice sessions at grands prix as part of his deal - with the Bahrain GP believed to be the first.

The Venezuelan, who has previously tested for Caterham and Force India, hopes to make a 'significant' contribution to the team's progress this year.

"Working closely with the race drivers and engineers at every stage of the race weekend is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn outside of the car and I hope that I can make a significant contribution to the team's progress.

"I would like to thank the team for their trust in me and this fantastic opportunity," added the 26-year-old GP2 driver.

Team boss John Booth believes Gonzalez will be ready to deputise for race drivers Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton if required.

"We take encouragement from the fact that he 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," said Booth.

"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."