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Rodolfo Gonzalez gets FP1 outing in Bahrain

Apr 18, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

Caterham GP2 driver Gonzalez of Venezuela attends an official F1 test session at the Mugello race track Reuters

Heikki Kovalainen won’t be the only new driver in Friday free practice one for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Marussia reserve driver Rodolfo Gonzalez will also make his first appearance for the team, replacing Jules Bianchi.

It’s the 26-year-old Venezuelan’s first drive on a Grand Prix weekend.

“I love this circuit; it will be quite dusty in FP1 but it’s also good fun and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can achieve,” he said. “I would like to thank the team for their faith in me. They have made me feel so welcome and have bent over backwards to involve me in every aspect of the racing.”

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