Rodolfo Gonzalez to stand in for Jules Bianchi in Practice One at the Bahrain GP

Frenchman to sit out opening session on Friday morning

Last Updated: 18/04/13 8:42am

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Rodolfo Gonzalez will appear in Practice One at Bahrain

Rodolfo Gonzalez will appear in Practice One at Bahrain

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Marussia have confirmed that the team's Reserve Driver Rodolfo Gonzalez will replace Jules Bianchi in Practice One at Bahrain.

Following the news that Heikki Kovalainen will return to F1 action on Friday for Caterham, Marussia have made their own change of Practice One line-up with the 26-year-old Gonzalez called up to make the first of 'several' scheduled appearances this season.

"I'm really happy with this opportunity to drive in my first P1 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," said Gonzalez.

"I love this circuit; it will be quite dusty in P1 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."

Bianchi will return for Practice Two.

SKY SPORTS F1's BAHRAIN SCHEDULE
Wednesday April 17
8:00pm - Classic Races - 2008 Bahrain GP.
10:15pm - Classic Races - 2009 Bahrain GP.

Thursday April 18
1pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
6:15pm - Gear up for Bahrain.
8:00pm - Classic Races - 2010 Bahrain GP.
10:15pm - 2012 Bahrain GP (Highlights).

Friday April 19
7:45am - Bahrain GP Practice One - Live!
9:55am - GP2 Practice - Live!
11:45am - Bahrain GP Practice Two - Live!
1:55pm - GP2 Qualifying - Live!
3pm - Team Principals' Press Conference
4pm - The F1 Show - Live!
11:10pm - Classic Races - 2006 Bahrain GP.

Saturday April 20
8:45am - Bahrain GP Practice Three - Live!
11am - Bahrain GP Qualifying - Live!
1:40pm - GP2 Feature Race - Live!
3:05pm - Classic Races - 2007 Bahrain GP.
5:20pm - Bahrain GP Qualifying Replay.
8pm - Ted's Qualifying Notebook.

Sunday April 21
6:30am - Classic Races - 2009 Bahrain GP.
8:45am - GP2 Sprint Race - Live!
11:30am - The 2013 Bahrain GP - Live!

5:55pm - GP2 Sprint Race Replay.
7pm - Bahrain GP Highlights.
8:30pm - Ted's Race Notebook.
8:45pm - Classic Races - 2010 Bahrain GP.

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