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Lotus to field young Malaysian driver at aero test 06 Aug 2010

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Lotus T127.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 1 August 2010 (L to R): Mike Gascoyne (GBR) Lotus F1 Racing Chief Technical Officer with Tony Fernandes (MAL) Lotus F1 Team Principal on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 9 May 2010 Jarno Trulli (ITA) Lotus T127.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 30 July 2010

Lotus have announced on Friday that 16 year-old Malaysian driver Nabil Jeffri will carry out an aero test for the team at an undisclosed location in early September. Jeffri, who is a member of the AirAsia ASEAN Driver Development Program, is currently fifth in the Formula BMW Pacific championship.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to drive for Lotus Racing at the aero test,” he said. “It’s a big privilege to gain driving experience with the most promising new Formula One team. Driving the Lotus Racing car will definitely be a priceless exposure to the F1 driving experience, and I’m looking forward to many more similar opportunities to arise as a result of being part of the AirAsia Driver Development program.”

Tony Fernandes, Lotus team principal, added: “It’s an exciting day for all of us in the Lotus Racing team - being able to give bright young talent like Nabil the chance to play an integral role in the development of our team is a recognition of his burgeoning talent, and shows that there is a clear route to the top rung of the motorsport ladder, no matter how old you are or where you are racing.

“I’m sure that before he gets in the hot seat he’ll be speaking to Fairuz Fauzy for some advice - Fairuz is another Malaysian sports star who, as our third driver, is showing at tracks around the world that you can reach the top if you work hard to achieve your dreams - together, they serve as inspirations to everyone in our team, and to young talent all over the world.”