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Patrese to test with Honda this week 08 Sep 2008

Riccardo Patrese (ITA).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Turkish Grand Prix, Race, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Sunday, 11 May 2008

Ex-Formula One driver Riccardo Patrese, who raced in 256 Grands Prix between 1977 and 1993, will get a taste of a modern Formula One car on Tuesday courtesy of Honda. Patrese will take the wheel of last year's Honda RA107 at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.

The Honda team extended the invitation of a guest drive to the Italian following his contribution to the celebrations for Rubens Barrichello's 257th Grand Prix earlier this year. Barrichello broke Patrese’s long-standing 15 year record to become the most experienced Grand Prix driver of all time at the 2008 Turkish Grand Prix.

Whilst taking part in a celebratory golf tournament, Patrese mentioned that he would love to try out a Honda Formula One car, and the team say they are delighted to give him this opportunity.

During his 17-year Formula One career, Patrese achieved six wins, 37 podiums, eight pole positions and 13 fastest laps during his 256 race starts. He is now a Formula One commentator on Italian television.