Rodolfo Gonzalez has been signed as Marussia's reserve driver

Rodolfo González has been confirmed as the Marussia F1 team’s reserve driver for the 2013 season, the team announced today.

The 26-year-old Venezuelan won the 2006 British Formula 3 National Class championship, but has largely achieved little since, spending the past four seasons in the GP2 Series where he has amassed just 10 points and a best finish of fourth place at Spa-Francorchamps.

His longevity in the championship has come courtesy of sponsorship from his homeland’s national oil giant, PDVSA, which also backs Pastor Maldonado’s presence at the Williams team. It is therefore no surprise that González’s appointment also came with the announcement that PDVSA had signed as a minor sponsor with Marussia.

Gonzalez tested with Force India last year“I am very excited to be joining the Marussia F1 Team at such an exciting time in their development,” he said in today’s announcement.

“Working closely with the race drivers and engineers at every stage of the race weekend is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn outside of the car and I hope that I can make a significant contribution to the Team’s progress.”

González has had several previous outings in Formula 1 machinery. His first came at the 2010 ‘Young Drivers’ test at Abu Dhabi with Lotus Racing, and then again in 2011 and 2012 as the outfit ran in its Team Lotus and Caterham iterations. He also had an outing with Force India at Magny Cours last year.

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