Rodolfo Gonzalez gets FP1 call for Marussia in Hungary


Marussia reserve driver Rodolfo Gonzalez will once again get some Friday running at the Hungarian Grand Prix as part of his programme with the team this season.

The Venezuelan driver has already taken part in the first free practice session at the Bahrain, Spanish and German Grands Prix, getting to grips with the MR02 car and completing development work to aid full-time race drivers Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton. Gonzalez is pleased to be getting more running following this week’s test at Silverstone.

“Once again I’ve been very happy to be back in the car as the more mileage and experience I can gather, the better,” he said in a team statement. “I’ll be running in FP1 again in Hungary so the work I have done here this week will benefit me for sure.”

Should Gonzalez make the step up to a full-time race seat in the near future, he would be the second Venezuelan in the sport, following in the footsteps of Pastor Maldonado who currently drives for Williams.

Marussia are yet to confirm who Gonzalez will replace in FP1 at the Hungaroring.