Formula 1 - Gonzalez to drive Marussia in Bahrain practice

Rodolfo Gonzalez will make his debut on a grand prix weekend when he drives the Marussia Formula 1 car in first practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Marussia's F1 car (Reuters)

The Venezuelan, 26, was appointed as Marussia's reserve driver for the 2013 season last month.

Gonzalez, who has previous F1 experience with Caterham and Force India, will replace Frenchman Jules Bianchi in the session.

"I'm really happy with this opportunity to drive in my first FP1 session of the season," he said.

"It will be a nice feeling to be back in a car - especially to drive a Formula 1 car again – and with my previous F1 experience I feel more than comfortable and ready.

"I love this circuit; it will be quite dusty in FP1 but it's also good fun and I'm looking forward to seeing what I can achieve."

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