Gonzalez reportedly offered Pirelli F1 test deal 20 December, 2013 Rodolfo Gonzalez Rodolfo Gonzalez, Marussia’s reserve and occasional Friday practice driver in 2013, has revealed that he has been offered a role to join Pirelli as a test driver. Like his countryman Pastor Maldonado, Gonzalez is sponsored by Venezuela’s state oil company PDVSA. But he told the El Universal newspaper: “I have received an attractive offer to be Pirelli test driver in the coming season. “First there are other options that I would like to explore, so fortunately, I can [only] make a decision about the offer in February or March, as I really want to stay in Formula 1,” Gonzalez added. “I think [that]in two years I will accept the offers to race in categories such as in the US and Europe, but at the moment I prefer to wait and stay.” Gonzalez has a low profile in the Formula 1 paddock, with most observers believing his sponsor dollars speak louder than his talent. He confirmed that sponsorship is crucial to the fate of all Formula 1 drivers, with the exception of the very top teams. Marussia team boss John Booth, however, insisted: “He has nothing to prove. Perhaps he is lacking a little bit of consistency, but he is a Formula 1 driver and he knows what he’s doing.” “He has helped us a lot,” added Booth. (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsPirelli: The new tyres looked stunningPirelli gives glimpse of F1’s tyre futurePirelli to test larger F1 tyresPirelli report from Barcelona TestPirelli and F1 teams agree on 2014 tyre test schedulePirelli report card from Formula 1 pre-season testing in BahrainPirelli previews final Formula 1 pre-season test in BahrainPirelli: The 2014 tyres more consistent and durable than their predecessorsPirelli: In Bahrain we’re expecting better weather and more runningPirelli 2014 tyres a little better than last year’s says Hamilton Zombie Jesus will eat your brain and take your knowledge If he values his life he’ll avoid Pirelli.