Maria de Villota has been named as test driver for the Marussia Formula One team, becoming the only woman in such a role at any of the current teams.
The daughter of former F1 driver Emilio De Villota, who started two races in 1977 without scoring a point, she has raced in various series and tried out a Renault F1 car at Le Castellet in the south of France in August 2011.
Russian-licensed Marussia's new MR01 car has run only for limited-mileage promotional purposes before next week's Australian season-opener due to problems in passing the mandatory crash tests.
The team said De Villota would have a chance to drive it later in the year. The next scheduled test will be at Mugello in Italy during the August break but she expected to wait until Abu Dhabi at the tail-end of the season.