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Toro Rosso to field Bortolotti at Jerez 11 Nov 2009

Mirko Bortolotti (ITA). FIA Formula Two Championship, Rd 8, Barcelona, Spain, Friday 30 October 2009.

Red Bull Junior team driver Mirko Bortolotti will test for Toro Rosso at next month’s young drivers' test at Jerez. Formula Two racer Bortolotti will be in action at the Spanish circuit on December 2.

"I'm very happy and very proud," the Italian was quoted as saying by the official F2 website. "My target is to get to Formula One in the next few years so to be selected for this test is very important for my career. Of course, if I can get to F1 even sooner then that will be great, but first I must focus on Jerez! I understand that it is an important test for all of the Formula One teams also.

“Every mile counts particularly with the current testing situation so I will prepare myself well over the next few weeks and be ready to help the team carry out their programme. Of course, I always want to be on top and beat the other guys but I have to be realistic and focus on my own opportunity.

“I will try to learn as much as possible; I want to work closely with the team and see how all of the guys operate. My dream is to reach F1 and I hope this is the beginning of a good relationship with the team."

Bortolotti’s Toro Rosso outing will be his second taste of Formula One power. The 19-year-old took part in a test for Ferrari in November 2008, after winning the Italian Formula Three title.