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Razia to join Lotus at Abu Dhabi young driver test 07 Nov 2011

Luiz Razia (BRA) Team Lotus Reserve Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 7 October 2011 Luiz Razia (BRA) Team Lotus T128 Reserve Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai, China, Friday, 15 April 2011

Lotus third driver Luiz Razia will join Alexander Rossi in testing for the team at next week’s Abu Dhabi young driver test. Prior to the session, both men will be racing for Lotus’s sister GP2 squad, Caterham Team AirAsia, at the GP2 Final during the 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.

“The test in F1 is a very big deal for me - it is a full day behind the wheel so I will be able to get a lot from it and hopefully give the team some good feedback,” said Razia. “They will have a lot to test ahead of 2012 and I am really looking forward to being involved in that.”

The 22-year-old Brazilian tested with Virgin at last year’s Abu Dhabi young driver session and this season finished 12th overall in the GP2 Series, scoring two podiums and one pole position. He also took part in opening practice for Lotus in China back in April, but completed only nine laps due to a suspension problem.

“Luiz has been a key player in the 2011 season in helping grow our GP2 team from a starting point of an empty factory in late 2010 to finishing sixth in our first championship,” said Riad Asmat, Caterham Team AirAsia’s team principal and Team Lotus CEO.

“Throughout the season he has also been involved in the F1 operation, both on track where he took part in FP1 for us in China and did a very solid job there, and in sitting in on briefings with the engineers at various races to grow his experience of the F1 environment and help increase his knowledge of the way we work so he can jump straight into the F1 seat when he has his chance. I am sure he will perform extremely well for us in both the GP2 event and in the F1 car and we are all looking forward to seeing him successfully complete this next stage of his development.”

The Abu Dhabi young driver test takes place at Yas Marina on November 15-17

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