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GP Week : Issue 36
> F1NEWS> Brazilians confirmed for Honda test BRUNO Senna will make his debut at the wheel of a modern Formula 1 car for Honda at the forthcoming Barcelona test. The Brazilian will be joined at the three- day test by countryman and GP2 series rival Lucas di Grassi, who has been sprung from his Renault F1 testing deal, right, in order to evaluate him, alongside Senna, for the open race seat at Honda in 2009. “I am obviously very excited about being given my first Formula 1 test and to have that opportunity with Honda is a dream come true,”said Senna. “Although I am still only in my fourth year of motor racing, I have wanted to test an F1 car for a very long time and I feel that I am ready for that challenge. I have already spent some time at the factory in Brackley and have enjoyed meeting the team and working with the engineers to prepare for this test. Everyone has been very supportive and it is particularly special for me to have the chance to work with Ross Brawn. I hope to show the team what I can do, so it’s up to me now to do a good job.” Di Grassi, as his countryman, was thrilled with the opportunity. “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.” Di Grassi said he had known for sometime that Renault had intended to keep both Alonso and Piquet on board for 2009, and thanked the team for allowing him to progress his career. “It wasn’t at all a surprise for me they would keep their line up,”he said in his blog. “Some people there are very well connected and it was not easy for me, even having the support from some RF1 people, to get a race seat. I can say I am very happy to stay at Renault, if I do. They’ve been very good to me and I own this company (and the people there) a lot. “But I want to move on: I have spent a year being third driver and I believe I could go a step further in my career and be a race driver. I will work for this, doesn’t matter the team. There are a few options available and you know soon where I am aiming to be next year.” Honda Team Principal Ross Brawn noted that the tests came as a reflection of how both drivers had performed in the 2008 GP2 Series, and stated that both he and the team would be taking a very keen interest in how the duo performed as they run head-to-head from November 17-19 in Spain. Win a chance to race Bruno Senna HILTON Racing, in association with Bruno Senna, is giving one GPWeek reader and a friend the chance to win a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to meet and race the Brazilian at a kart experience on Friday 28 November 2008. Taking place at The Raceway kart track in London’s Docklands, the two lucky winners, who need to be over 18 for insurance purposes, will spend the afternoon with Bruno before taking part in a briefing and then taking to the track for qualifying. Then you’ll get to put your racing acumen to the test with a race against the GP2 race winner. Sound too good to be true? Well it really is as simple as it sounds. All you have to do to be in with a shot at winning the prize is to email* your name to info@hiltonracing. com and the lucky winners will be notified via email in the run up to the event with instructions on how to get themselves to the venue on the big day. So what are you waiting for? Get onto Hilton Racing, and enter the competition today! For further information on Hilton Racing click on the Hilton advert (page 35). *Please title your email as “Unsubscribe” if you do not want to be added to the Hilton Racing database.