Renault has confirmed that the 2008 World Series by Renault title winner Giedo van der Garde will take his prize-winning Formula 1 test with the team during next weeks group test in Barcelona.
van der Garde, a former member of the Renault Driver Development programme, will travel to the team's factory at Enstone tomorrow [Thursday] to undergo a seat fitting and meet Renault F1 engineers before taking to the track at Catalunya on Monday and Tuesday.
It will mark a return to F1 machinery for Van der Garde, who was a test driver for the Spyker team during 2007.
"This is an incredible opportunity being offered to me by Renault Sport Technologies and ING Renault F1 Team," he said. "To be able to test-drive a Formula 1 car in these conditions, with a team that has won two world championships and again this year won two Grand Prix, is ideal. Going back to Enstone will be very special for me. I often used to go and train there when I was on the Renault Driver Development programme. So I'll be seeing people I already know. That will help me to integrate into the team more easily.
"It's a real positive to be driving on a circuit where I've driven quite a lot in the past. But in a Formula 1 car, everything will be different. It's another world! The most important thing for me will be to learn as much as I can.
"I'm going to do all I can to meet the team's expectations and follow the programme that the ING Renault F1 Team sets out for me. I can't wait!"