Marussia aim to continue on their improved performance at China and are happy the Bahrain GP is coming so close after the Shanghai event. For this first time however this season, the team will have its reserve driver, Rodolfo Gonzalez take the wheel of the MR02 during FP1.
The 26-year old Venezuelan who was announced as the team's reserve driver little more than a month ago will return to an F1 car for the first time since 2010. His last appearance was in a Lotus T127 during the young driver test of that year.
Gonzalez said: “I’m really happy with this opportunity to drive in my first FP1 session of the season. 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. I would like to thank the Team for their faith in me. They have made me feel so welcome and have bent over backwards to involve me in every aspect of the racing.”