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Parente to test for Renault in January 21 Dec 2007

Race winner Alvaro Parente (POR) Tech 1 Racing on the podium. World Series by Renault, Formula Renault 3.5, Rd 3, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 24-27 May 2007. World © Bumstead/Sutton

Reigning World Series by Renault champion Alvaro Parente is to sample a Formula One car for the first time next year after being invited to test by Renault. Parente will drive an R27 for the French team at Spain's Jerez circuit on January 17.

“It's a dream come true," Parente told the World Series by Renault website. "My aim has always been to drive an F1 car one day. I knew that winning the title would lead to a test with ING Renault F1 Team, but still, it was as though Christmas had come early when they gave me the date. For the next month I'll be focusing all my attention on this. It's a very important moment in my career.”

The Portuguese driver will travel to the team’s UK headquarters in Enstone in the New Year for a seat fitting, before flying out to Spain for the test. Once there, he will watch proceedings for two days before getting behind the wheel himself.

“I've always taken a calm, measured approach to things, and that's served me well throughout my career!” added the 23 year-old. “I'll be looking to make the best possible job of things for Renault at Jerez. With the restrictions on private testing, every kilometre counts for the F1 team, so I'll be doing my best to help the team by sticking closely to whatever test programme they decide to give me.”

Before his World Series by Renault championship success, Parente spent three seasons competing in British Formula Three, eventually winning the title in 2005.