Riccardo Patrese returns to F1

Ex Formula One driver Riccardo Patrese, who raced in 256 Grands Prix from1977 to 1993, will get a taste of a modern Formula One car on Tuesday 9September courtesy of the Honda Racing F1 Team. Riccardo will return to thedriving seat when he takes the wheel of last year's HondaRA107 race car at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.

The Honda Racing F1 Team extended the invitation of a guest drive toRiccardo following the Italian's contribution to the celebrations for RubensBarrichello's 257th Grand Prix earlier this year. At the 2008 Turkish GrandPrix, Rubens broke Riccardo's long-standing 15 year record to become themost experienced Grand Prix driver of all time. Whilst taking part in acelebratory golf tournament, Riccardo mentioned that he would love to tryout a Honda F1 car, and the team were delighted to give him thisopportunity.

During his 17 year Formula One career, Riccardo Patrese achieved six wins,37 podiums, eight pole positions and 13 fastest laps during his256 race starts. He now commentates for Italian broadcaster Sky SportsItalia's F1 coverage.

The full details of Riccardo's guest drive will be available onHondaRacingF1.com on Wednesday. Later this month, fans of Honda Racing TVcan look forward to an in-depth feature of Riccardo's experience in Jerez,including his seat fit, engineering briefing, reconnaissance laps in a HondaCivic Type-R and finally his laps in the Honda RA107.

Riccardo Patrese Career Statistics:

DOB:     17/04/54F1 Career:    1977 - 1993Teams    Shadow Racing, Arrows, Brabham, AlfaRomeo, Williams, BenettonGrand Prix Starts  256Wins    6Podiums           37Pole Positions          8Fastest Laps          13Points           281