Gonzalez to replace Chilton in FP1

Gonzalez to replace Chilton in FP1

Marussia’s reserve driver Rodolfo Gonzalez will replace Max Chilton for first practice at the Circuit de Catalunya.02Q60W10KTAMIO08CP3B50XJJ81S_492

The Banbury based squad confirmed the switch in their preview of the Spanish Grand Prix. The drive will be the second chance for the Venezuelan to test the MR02 after driving it during first practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

He replaced Jules Bianchi in Bahrain, where he finished eight tenths down on Bianchi’s team-mate, but this time he will take the place of Max Chilton, who will have to sit out of the session in Spain.

The Briton will return to the cockpit of his car for FP2. The 26-year-old signed with the team at the beginning of 2013 as their reserve driver.

Gonzalez raced in the GP2 series last year with Caterham Racing, finishing 22nd in the drivers standings with six points. It was his fourth year racing in the series and was his most successful.

His only other test in F1 machinery was the 2010 Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi where he drove the Lotus T127.

Image courtesy of Marussia F1 Team

Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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