Honda to test Lucas Di Grassi

IN BARCELONA

The Honda Racing F1 Team has invited Formula One test driver Lucas Di Grassito join the test in Barcelona later this month.

The Brazilian driver will join the Honda team at the Circuit de Catalunyafor the first test of the winter from Monday 17 to Wednesday19 November. Lucas will spend all three days with the team, commencing witha part-day familiarisation programme and culminating in a full day oftesting in this year's RA108 race car.

Lucas, 24, has three seasons of experience in GP2, finishing second in2007 and third in 2008 despite missing the first three rounds. He has beenthe ING Renault F1 Team's third driver for the 2008 season and part of theirDriver Development Programme since 2004.

Ross Brawn, Team Principal of the Honda Racing F1 Team, said: "We aredelighted to provide Lucas with a test with the Honda Racing F1 Team laterthis month. This is a very well-deserved opportunity for Lucas to prove hispotential after such an impressive performance in GP2 this season and duringhis testing responsibilities with the ING Renault F1 Team. We look forwardto seeing Lucas in action and will take a keen interest in how he performs."

Lucas Di Grassi commented; "I am very excited to have the opportunity oftesting with the Honda Racing F1 Team in Barcelona and look forward toproving myself to the team. I would like to say thank you to the ING RenaultF1 Team for all their support and for allowing me this opportunity to helpfurther my career. The next two weeks will be a very important stage in mydevelopment and I will be spending a lot of time at the Honda Racing F1Team's factory before the test to speak with the engineers and learn as muchas possible in advance of the test."


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