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Gonzalez joins Marussia as 2013 reserve driver 14 Mar 2013

Rodolfo Gonzalez (VEN) Marussia F1 wlkas the track.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 Rodolfo Gonzalez (VEN) Force India F1 VJM05.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day Three, Magny Cours, France, Thursday, 13 September 2012 Rodolfo Gonzalez (VEN) Caterham CT101 test driver.
Formula One Testing, Mugello, Italy, Day One, 1 May 2012

Marussia have signed Rodolfo Gonzalez as their reserve driver for the 2013 season. Gonzalez joins the team with effect from this weekend’s season-opening 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

The 26-year-old Venezuelan, who has competed in the GP2 Series and GP2 Asia Series for the past three seasons, will attend each of the 19 Grands Prix on the 2013 calendar. In addition, as a member of Marussia's young driver programme, Gonzalez will take part in selected FP1 sessions and this season’s young driver test.

“I am very excited to be joining the Marussia F1 Team and at such an exciting time in their development,” said Gonzalez. “Working closely with the race drivers and engineers at every stage of the race weekend is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn outside of the car and I hope that I can make a significant contribution to the team’s progress. I am looking forward to being part of the team, starting this weekend in Melbourne, and I would like to thank the team for their trust in me and this fantastic opportunity.

“Although it is a big moment for my career, the people of Venezuela are going through a sad time at present due to the death of President Chavez, so I hope this news lifts their spirits a little. For me, I am disappointed that I was not able to share the news with him personally.”

John Booth, Marussia’s team principal, commented: “I’m delighted that we have completed our full driver line-up ahead of the opening race in Melbourne this weekend. We welcome Rodolfo to the Marussia F1 Team and take encouragement from the fact that he has all the right experience to be able to fulfil the role of reserve driver in the event that he is required to step into a seat. To further prepare him we look forward to seeing him take part in a number of FP1 sessions throughout the season, when we will also have the opportunity to evaluate his performances for the future.”

Gonzalez has previously tested for the Force India and Caterham F1 teams.

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