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Prost, Mortara and Valsecchi will join with Lotus for Abu Dhabi young driver test

Lotus F1 Team is pleased to announce that Nicolas Prost, Edoardo Mortara and Davide Valsecchi will join us for the Abu Dhabi young driver test, which will take place following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit next month

Nicolas Prost: “I’m really looking forward to driving for Lotus F1 Team at a test in this year’s car, which we have all seen to be strong at so many Grands Prix this year. It’s a great honour for me as a driver and I want to do the very best job I can to assist the team with development, as well as giving good feedback for any future projects.”

Swiss-born, dual French and Italian nationality holding Edoardo Mortara will take the wheel on day two [Wednesday 7th November] and is relishing the challenge of a somewhat different motorsport discipline to his usual DTM seat.

Edoardo Mortara: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to join Lotus F1 Team and especially to be driving the E20 on track in Abu Dhabi. I can’t wait to be in action and working with a team which is performing so well this season and has such good prospects for the future. Contributing to the team’s programme is likely to be highly rewarding; I’m eager to learn from the experience and highlight my potential.”

Thursday 8th November will see Davide Valsecchi wrap up the test; the Italian on a mission to impress after being crowned GP2 Series Champion just a few weeks ago.

Davide Valsecchi: “For me this is a great honour, as I am eager to showcase my talents and demonstrate that I am ready to take the next step in my career after winning the GP2 Series. Lotus F1 Team is a great team with a superb group of engineers, so it’s great to be getting out on track with them in Abu Dhabi.”

Team Principal Eric Boullier is another man eagerly anticipating the three day event, with a chance to not only get the inside line on some fresh driving talent, but also gain invaluable track time with the E20 before the final two races of the season.

Eric Boullier, Team Principal: “I think we have a great line-up of drivers to work with the team in Abu Dhabi and it will be very interesting for us to see how they stack-up; especially as we will have all the data from the Grand Prix which takes place the week before. Nicolas we know well from his existing work with the team, while Edoardo and Davide are new to us so it should be a productive three days; not just for the drivers, but also the team as we evaluate new parts on the car for our final push at the last two races of the season.”

Source: Lotus


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