Venezuelan racing driver Rodolfo Gonzalez will join Giedo van der Garde at Caterham Racing for this year's GP2 Series, the team announced on Monday.
"I am genuinely very pleased about our line up for 2012," said the team's CEO Nino Judge. "We welcome Rodolfo and Giedo into our Caterham Racing family. They bring the perfect combination of speed and experience, essential for success in GP2."
News of van der Garde's return for a fourth series of GP2 broke on Saturday
, with the Dutch driver keen to use GP2 to keep him race-sharp in 2012 while he serves as Catherham F1's test and reserve driver.
"The link to the F1 team is a great advantage and I am very happy with that. I feel it's a big step up from where I was last year," insisted van der Garde. "It means I will go to all the F1 races, but I will race a full GP2 season too which keeps me sharp. Now we must make sure we are well prepared for testing and consistently score points throughout the season."
Rodolfo Gonzalez, van der Garde's new team mate for 2012, made his debut in GP2 in the same 2008-9 Asia series as the Dutchman did. Gonzalez was initially signed up by Fisichella Motor Sport and then moved to Trident for the main European GP2 Series in 2009. In 2010 he switched to Arden, and he spent last year with Trident Racing.
As well as GP2, Gonzalez has competed in Euroseries 3000, Formula Three Euroseries and Formula Renault 2.0. He was British F3 National Class champion in 2006.
"I am incredibly happy to be joining Caterham Racing this year and I can't wait to get going!" said the 25-year-old. "I believe this team will provide me with everything I need to help me up my game and have a successful season, in and out of the car."
Personal and career development are very much in the forefront of Gonzalez's mind coming into 2012, especially after having had a taste of F1 with the opportunity to take part in two consecutive Young Drivers' Tests in Abu Dhabi: in 2010 with the Lotus Racing T127 and last year in the T128.
"I had a very successful test with the F1 team in November where they provided me with all the right facilities and a great structure in which to learn," he said. "I am confident the technical team are strong and experienced and together we will create a good working environment. We have put together a very good package to help me develop and I am very happy to have this opportunity and to have a team such as this believe in me."