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Gonzalez joins FMSI for Asian campaign
21 January 2009
Fisichella Motor Sport International has confirmed the signing of Rodolfo Gonzalez for the remainder of the GP2 Asia series campaign.
The 22-year-old Venezuelan will make the move into GP2 having spent recent years competing in Formula Three, firstly in Britain and then in the Euroseries.
He will now make the step into GP2 for the first time for the remaining four rounds of the season, starting next weekend in Bahrain.
“The good vibe I had when I drove the F3000 in Magione last year gave me the opportunity to evaluate my participation in GP2,” he said. “The Asian series is a good benchmark and will be useful to build up my brain and muscles before facing the main series and I want to seriously acquaint myself with this car before going any further.
“The FMSI situation suited my plans and I am happy to take over the car and race in the remaining four races of the calendar. The Coloni family helped me with my first Euro 3000 approach and I have decided to continue with them and with a programme which may lead to bigger and better things in the future.”
Team boss Paolo Coloni said he was pleased to bring Gonzalez into the team for the remainder of the campaign and said he was hoping to work on a 'long-term' strategy with the driver.
“Gonzalez is a good asset for FMSI,” he said. “With Andi Zuber concentrating on the main series, it was great to know that we had Rodolfo coming to us to help us maintain our good racing level in the Asian series.
“I had the opportunity to evaluate him during his first outing in F3000 last year and made a deal with him there and then. We know this is a serious commitment from him and we know that he is counting on our experience to make progress with his career. For this we are currently planning on his future starting from this week in Bahrain and are working on a long-term strategy soon to be revealed.”