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GP2’s Rodriguez tests for Spyker at Silverstone 13 Sep 2007

Roldan Rodriguez (ESP) has his debut test for the Spyker Formula One Team. Roldan Rodriguez Spyker Test, Silverstone, England, Wednesday 12 September 2007. World © Sutton Roldan Rodriguez (ESP) has his debut test for the Spyker Formula One Team. He is seen here testing the Spyker F8-VII. Roldan Rodriguez Spyker Test, Silverstone, England, Wednesday 12 September 2007. World © Sutton Roldan Rodriguez (ESP) has his debut test for the Spyker Formula One Team. Roldan Rodriguez Spyker Test, Silverstone, England, Wednesday 12 September 2007. World © Sutton

Spanish GP2 driver Roldan Rodriguez got back behind the wheel of a Formula One car on Wednesday at Silverstone as he completed a 50-kilometre shakedown of Spyker’s B-spec F8-VII, ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. Rodriguez, who was a test driver at Minardi in 2005, covered 18 laps of the British circuit.

“Thank you to the Etihad Aldar Spyker Formula One Team for letting me test today,” said the 22 year-old Spaniard. “We have been talking about driving the car at some point this season, but to have the chance to test the new B-spec car was a great opportunity. I was really blown away by the power of the car, and the braking - it's so much more powerful than anything else I've driven.”

This season Rodriguez is driving for the Minardi Piquet Sports team in GP2 and enjoyed a podium finish at the Hungarian event. He is currently 12th in the championship. Before joining GP2, he competed for several seasons in Spanish Formula Three, finishing second in the standings in 2006. He has also driven in Italian F3000 and the Euroseries 3000.

“We have been following Roldan's progress since his GP2 podium in Hungary and were pleased to be able to give him the opportunity to drive a Formula One car this year,” explained Spyker team principal Colin Kolles. “Roldan performed well; we were very impressed by his professional approach and attitude and the team really enjoyed working with him. He gave some excellent feedback that we will be able to integrate into our programme for the future.”

After the shakedown, the Spyker team set off to Spa-Francorchamps for this weekend’s Belgian race.