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Lotus confirm young driver test line-up 12 Nov 2010

Rodolfo Gonzalez (VEN), Arden International. GP2 Testing, Jerez, Spain, Thursday 8 October 2009. Vladimir Arabadzhiev (BUL) Scuderia Coloni GP2 Series Testing, Paul Ricard, France, 23 March 2010. Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Lotus T127. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 7 November 2010

Lotus Racing have announced their line-up for the forthcoming young driver test, which will take place at Yas Marina next week, following this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Bulgaria’s Vladimir Arabadzhiev and Venezuela’s Rodolfo Gonzalez will be in action over the two-day test in the team’s T127-02 chassis.

“We are very pleased to have confirmed that Rodolfo and Vladimir will be driving for us in Abu Dhabi,” said Riad Asmat, Lotus Racing CEO. “They both come from countries with growing interest in motorsport, and the chance to give emerging drivers the opportunity to step up to Formula One is central to the Lotus Racing philosophy of embracing young talent. Everyone in the team is looking forward to working with them over the two day test and I am delighted we could give them this opportunity.”

Gonzalez began his racing career in the 2003 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series, graduating to the main series in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 he won the British Formula Three International Series (national class) and finished 11th in the 2007 British Formula Three series. The next year he made a move to Carlin Motorsport and the Formula Three Euroseries.

He competed in the 2008/09 GP2 Asia Series season at Sakhir and entered the main GP2 Series for the German rounds. He also took part in the Formula Three Euroseries 3000 in 2009. For the 2009/10 seasons he raced in the first round of the GP2 Asia Series and returned at the final round in Bahrain. Gonzalez will test for Lotus on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Arabadzhiev made his single-seater debut in Italian Formula Three in 2006 before progressing to the Euroseries 3000 in 2007. He joined the International Formula Master series in 2008 and stayed for 2009, before racing in the 2009/10 GP2 Asia Series. He also took part in the main GP2 Series in 2010. He will be in the car on Wednesday afternoon.

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