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Honda sign Mike Conway in test role 08 Mar 2007

Mike Conway (GBR) Super Nova International GP2 Series Testing, 21-22 February 2007, Paul Ricard, France. World © Moy/Sutton

Honda announced on Thursday that British Formula Three champion Mike Conway has signed a testing contract with the Japanese team. Conway, who will also compete in the 2007 GP2 series, will drive the RA107 at a test session later this year.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to me and I would like to thank the Honda Racing F1 Team for putting their faith in me,” exclaimed Conway. “I am really excited about becoming a part of the team and taking full advantage of the assistance that Honda can give me with my racing career. I had a great season in 2006 but there is a lot of hard work ahead in the GP2 series this year."

As well as track time in a Formula One car, Conway’s new relationship with Honda will allow him to enjoy a comprehensive programme of technical support, including the same level of fitness coaching as the team's race drivers, Rubens Barrichello and fellow Briton Jenson Button.

"We are delighted to welcome Mike to the Honda Racing F1 Team,” explained Honda’s sporting director Gil de Ferran. “Mike has clearly demonstrated his potential and talent throughout his career in the various junior formulae with a great deal of success. His results in the British F3 series last year were particularly impressive. Honda considers the development of emerging motorsport talent to be a key part of our strategy and we look forward to having Mike on board with us and assisting further with his development over the coming months."

The 22 year-old dominated the British Formula Three championship in 2006, and also won the year’s prestigious Macau Grand Prix race, beating several other aspiring Formula One drivers, including Spyker’s Adrian Sutil, BMW Sauber third driver Sebastian Vettel and Williams tester Kazuki Nakajima. Conway had previously triumphed in the 2004 Formula Renault series.