Karun Chandhok joins Lotus as reserve driver 22 Mar 2011
Lotus have announced Karun Chandhok is to join the team as reserve driver for the 2011 season. Chandhok, who raced for HRT at 10 Grands Prix last year, will make his first appearance for Lotus on Friday during the opening practice session for this weekend's Australian event.
This is another great day for Team Lotus, said team principal Tony Fernandes. Karun's appointment to our team gives us not only his immense driving talent and F1 experience, both of which will help us develop the car even further, but also brings one of the warmest, most professional personalities I have the pleasure of knowing into the Team Lotus family.
I do not think it is going too far to say that Karun represents the future of motor racing - he is living proof that geography is no boundary to talent and ambition and that you will succeed if you work hard and keep dreaming. He is fiercely proud of his Indian heritage but he has a truly global outlook and I am honoured that Team Lotus is now giving one of Indias brightest stars the chance to continue to develop his talent. Everyone in the team is excited about working with Karun, and I cannot wait to see him representing the Indian nation in our car.
Chandhok will join race drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli, third driver Luiz Razia and test drivers Davide Valsecchi and Ricardo Teixeira in the teams line-up. In addition to his Melbourne appearance, he is expected to take part in a number of Friday practice session.
Ive been talking to the team for quite a while about a role with them and Im delighted were now able to confirm that I will be driving for Team Lotus in 2011, said Chandhok. The details of exactly which sessions I will be in the car for are being worked out now and after having spent some time with them at the recent pre-season tests I can see exactly how passionate everyone in Team Lotus is about taking this team back to the top of the F1 grid.
These are very exciting times for Team Lotus and its a real honour to be able to play a part in helping shape this teams future. I want to thank Tony, Din, Nasa, Riad and Mike for having the faith in me to give me a chance to help the team develop and Ill do my best to repay that faith wherever I can.
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