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November 7, 2008

Honda Racing F1 Team To Test Lucas Di Grassi In Barcelona

November 7, 2008 - The Honda Racing F1 Team has invited Formula One test driver Lucas Di Grassi to join the test in Barcelona later this month.

Lucas Di Grassi
Lucas Di Grassi

The Brazilian driver will join the Honda team at the Circuit de Catalunya for the first test of the winter from Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 November. Lucas will spend all three days with the team, commencing with a part-day familiarisation programme and culminating in a full day of testing in this year’s RA108 race car.

Lucas, 24, has three seasons of experience in GP2, finishing second in 2007 and third in 2008 despite missing the first three rounds. He has been the Renault F1 Team’s third driver for the 2008 season and part of their Driver Development Programme since 2004.

Ross Brawn, Team Principal of the Honda Racing F1 Team, said:
“We are delighted to provide Lucas with a test with the Honda Racing F1 Team later this month. This is a very well-deserved opportunity for Lucas to prove his potential after such an impressive performance in GP2 this season and during his testing responsibilities with the Renault F1 Team. We look forward to 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 of testing with the Honda Racing F1 Team in Barcelona and look forward to proving myself to the team. I would like to say thank you to the Renault F1 Team for all their support and for allowing me this opportunity to help further my career. The next two weeks will be a very important stage in my development and I will be spending a lot of time at the Honda Racing F1 Team’s factory before the test to speak with the engineers and learn as much as possible in advance of the test.”

LUCAS DI GRASSI BIOGRAPHY

Personal Details

Nationality: Brazilian
Date of birth: 11 August 1984
Place of birth: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Lives: London, UK
Height: 1.79 m
Weight: 74 kg
Marital Status: Single
Personal Interests: Triathlons, Tennis, Golf, Surfing

Career History

2008: GP2 Series with Barwa International Campos Team: 3rd
Renault F1 Team - Third Driver
2007: GP2 Series with ART Grand Prix: 2nd
Renault F1 Team Driver Development Programme
2006: GP2 Series with Durango: 16th
Renault F1 Team Driver Development Programme
2005: European Formula 3: 3rd
53rd Macau Grand Prix: Champion
Renault F1 Team Driver Development Programme
2004: British Formula 3: 8th
Renault F1 Team Driver Development Programme
2003: South American Formula 3: 2nd
2002: Brazilian Formula Renault: 2nd 
1997 - 2001 : Karting Pan American Champion, South American Champion, Brazilian Champion

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