F1: Rossiter takes the Honda for a spin

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarWednesday, November 14th, 2007

 
 

Britain’s James Rossiter was back on the rota for Honda yesterday as he piloted the RA107 around the Circuit de Catalunya in F1’s first post-season test.

This is an interesting development as Rossiter, initially confirmed in November 2006 as a test driver for the Northamptonshire-based outfit alongside Austria’s Christian Klien, was then moved in May 2007 to B-team Super Aguri.

Klien has been released by Honda as he goes in search of another race drive, this time competing with Vitantonio Liuzzi for a seat at Force India. Whether Rossiter will keep his A-team test seat is at present unclear.

Back in the Honda car, which went out on the Barcelona track in a plain white livery rather than the controversial ‘Earth Car’ design which it wore during 2007, he put in 69 laps and managed a fastest time of 1:24.480 – only enough to put him 17th overall.

He was joined for testing by GP2’s Andreas Zuber who managed to bring his car home 14th fastest with 77 laps and a top time of 1:24.065.

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