Gonzalez reportedly offered Pirelli F1 test deal
20 December, 2013
Rodolfo Gonzalez, Marussia’s reserve and occasional Friday practice driver in 2013, has revealed that he has been offered a role to join Pirelli as a test driver.
Like his countryman Pastor Maldonado, Gonzalez is sponsored by Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA. But he told the El Universal newspaper: “I have received an attractive offer to be Pirelli test driver in the coming season.
“First there are other options that I would like to explore, so fortunately, I can [only] make a decision about the offer in February or March, as I really want to stay in Formula 1,” Gonzalez added.
“I think [that]in two years I will accept the offers to race in categories such as in the US and Europe, but at the moment I prefer to wait and stay.”
Gonzalez has a low profile in the Formula 1 paddock, with most observers believing his sponsor dollars speak louder than his talent.
He confirmed that sponsorship is crucial to the fate of all Formula 1 drivers, with the exception of the very top teams.
Marussia team boss John Booth, however, insisted: “He has nothing to prove. Perhaps he is lacking a little bit of consistency, but he is a Formula 1 driver and he knows what he’s doing.”
“He has helped us a lot,” added Booth. (GMM)
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