Rubens Barrichello’s chances of retaining his seat at Honda in 2009 are looking increasingly slim with the Anglo-Japanese outfit confirming his absence at testing at Barcelona this week.
In what is increasingly looking like a showdown audition for Barrichello’s race seat, Honda have announced a full complement of four drivers for the the test including regulars Jenson Button and Alexander Wurz.
Battling to impress their potential employers are fellow GP2 competitors Bruno Senna and Lucas di Grassi, who are both under no allusions that a strong performance at the Circuit de Catalunya could land them their dream job in 2009.
“Jenson Button and Alex Wurz will complete the main test programme focusing on the key areas of technical change which will be introduced for the new season,” Honda said in a statement.
“The pair will use a modified RA108 chassis to complete an initial evaluation of various 2009 aerodynamic parts and run the Bridgestone slick tyres which replace the current grooved tyres.”
“Joining the Honda Racing F1 Team in Barcelona will be young Brazilians Lucas Di Grassi and Bruno Senna as the team takes the opportunity to evaluate the two 2008 GP2 Series title contenders.”