Gonzalez reportedly offered Pirelli F1 test deal

20 December, 2013

Rodolfo Gonzalez

Rodolfo Gonzalez

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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  • Zombie Jesus will eat your brain and take your knowledge

    If he values his life he’ll avoid Pirelli.

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