November 7, 2008 / 10:35 AM / in 10 years

Honda to test Brazilian Di Grassi

LONDON (Reuters) - Honda, who have yet to confirm their 2009 Formula One driver line-up, will test Renault’s Brazilian reserve driver Lucas Di Grassi along with compatriot Bruno Senna in Barcelona later this month.

Honda said in a statement Friday that Di Grassi would join the team at the Circuit de Catalunya for the three-day test from November 17-19.

The 24-year-old has been competing in the GP2 support series for the past three seasons and finished third this year behind Senna and Italian champion Giorgio Pantano.

He had hoped for a race seat at Renault before they announced an unchanged lineup of Spain’s Fernando Alonso and Brazilian Nelson Piquet.

“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...Renault,” said Honda team boss Ross Brawn.

Honda announced earlier in the week that Senna, nephew of the late triple champion Ayrton, would be testing for them in Barcelona.

The team have Briton Jenson Button and Brazilian veteran Rubens Barrichello as their current drivers.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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