Spanish reports suggest GP2 ace Rold?n Rodriguez has signed a deal with Force India for next year.

The Spaniard has been linked with the former Spyker outfit for a number of weeks, but thus far the Silverstone-based squad has yet to make any anouncement about race or test-drivers for 2008.

"I think so," Rodriguez told Spanish newspaper El Pais when asked whether he felt ready to step up into the top flight after a season's competition in GP2 with Minardi Piquet Sports that yielded a best finish of third place in Hungary's sprint outing. "Besides, when you make the leap into GP2 you have to know that the opportunity [to move into F1] can present itself. I knew that, and I have tried to prepare myself since the start of the year should the opportunity arise.

"The truth is I found out because someone read what the new owner of the team (Vijay Mallya) had said, that he wanted to count on me for 2008. When I heard that, at first I didn't believe it, but it's true that he said it."

As to his objectives for what would be his maiden grand prix campaign should he succeed in landing a race seat, the 22-year-old Valladolid native was rather more coy, refusing to set himself any specific goals in what he acknowledges will be very much a learning year.

"I simply want to achieve the maximum," he stressed. "I don't want to commit to anything. If the car is capable of 21st place in the race, I want to try to be 18th. I am not going to say I will be ninth, fifth or 20th. The target is to learn the maximum, as always, and also to take advantage of every race as if it was the last one, do the best I can and squeeze the maximum out of the car."

 

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