Honda to test Brumo Senna

The Honda Racing F1 Team will give 2008 GP2 Series title contender BrunoSenna his first experience of a Formula One car in Barcelona later thismonth. Bruno will attend the team's first winter test at the Circuit deCatalunya from Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 November where he will drive theHonda RA108 to enable the team to assess how Bruno has developed in hiscareer to date.

The programme for Bruno will include an initial familiarisation with the carand its systems before progressing to a full programme during which the teamwill be evaluating his performance, technical skill and ability to work witha large team organisation.

Bruno, 25, has impressed in the British F3 Championship and GP2 since hisfirst full season in junior motorsport formulae in 2005. He won twoGP2 races in 2008 and finished second in the Series.

Ross Brawn, Team Principal of the Honda Racing F1 Team, said: "We aredelighted to provide Bruno with the opportunity to test for us later thismonth as we continue to explore all the driver options available to us fornext season. After an impressive year in GP2 this will be a chance for Brunoto prove that he is ready to make the step up to Formula One. Our objectiveis to have the best drivers available to us next season and our evaluationof Bruno's performance will be rigorous.We are looking forward to seeing how he performs. Over the next two weeksBruno will be spending a lot of time with us at our Brackley base, workingclosely with our engineers and on the simulator to ensure he is fullyprepared for this important test."

Bruno Senna said: "I am obviously very excited about being given my firstFormula One test and to have that opportunity with Honda is a dream cometrue. Although I am still only in my fourth year of motor racing, I havewanted to test an F1 car for a very long time and I feel that I am ready forthat challenge. I have already spent some time at the factory in Brackleyand have enjoyed meeting the team and working with the engineers to preparefor this test. Everyone has been very supportive and it is particularlyspecial for me to have the chance to work with Ross Brawn. I'm excited aboutgetting in the car in two weeks' time but I know this is a big opportunity so I want to learn as much as Ican before I get to Barcelona. I hope to show the team what I can do, soit's up to me now to do a good job."