Chandhok to drive Lotus in Melbourne FP1

2011 Formula One Testing Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 10th February 2011 World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _G7C0001

Karun Chandhok

Mar.24 (GMM) Team Lotus recently announced the signing of Karun Chandhok as reserve driver and the Indian ace will be driving in the first free practice at Albert Park tomorrow.

Davide Valsecchi, who was initially earmarked to drive on the season’s opening day in Melbourne, will now make his debut as a Friday driver for Team Lotus in Malaysia.

Finland’s Turun Sanomat reported rumours that both Chandhok and Valsecchi could be in action in the green cars on Friday, meaning that regulars Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli would both be sitting out the initial 90 minute session.

But technical boss Mike Gascoyne confirmed on Twitter: “Karun Chandhok to drive here for us in P1. Davide Valsecchi will make his debut in P1 in Malaysia”.

Alongside Chandhok, other Friday-only drivers in Melbourne will be Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) and Nico Hulkenberg (Force India).

Meanwhile, Kovalainen passed his mandatory post-concussion FIA medical test on Thursday following his Race of Champions crash last November.