D’Ambrosio to test for Lotus at Mugello

(L to R): Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Romain Grosjean (FRA) and Jerome d'Ambrosio (BEL) with the new Lotus F1 E20. Formula One Testing, Preparations, Jerez, Spain, Monday 6 February 2012.

Jerome d'Ambrosio with Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean

Apr.24 (PVM) Hot on the heels of their double podium success at the Bahrain Grand prix, Lotus have announced that reserve driver Jerome D’Ambrosio will get seat time in the E20, along with Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, during the forthcoming three day test at Mugello, starting on 1 May.

It will be D’Ambrosio’s first run in the Lotus E20 and he will kick start the test for the team with the first stint on Tuesday next week, followed by Räikkönen and Grosjean on the second day and third day respectively.

Team principal Eric Boullier announced, “Jérôme has been very patiently attending all the races and has been a conscientious and regular visitor to Enstone since he was announced as our third driver. It’s clear he has been very eager to get behind the wheel and it will be invaluable for us as a team that he gets this opportunity. We have given him a full day to get to grips with the E20, and look forward to receiving his feedback from the test. We had a good result in Bahrain, but as always we need to keep pushing forward. Mugello will give us an opportunity to try out a few new parts and hopefully make another step forward.”

D’Ambrosio, who did a full season last year with Virgin (now Marussia), said, “It’s an amazing opportunity for me, and I’d like to thank Lotus F1 Team for giving me the chance to experience the E20; it’s a great car and I can’t wait to drive it. I know the team from my rookie day in Abu Dhabi in 2010, and I’ve felt very comfortable at Enstone this year which I’m sure will be a big help. Kimi and Romain needed time in the car during the winter after two years away, so the fact that this test has been put on the calendar after the first four races of the season gives me an opportunity to drive.”

“It will be very valuable for me to get back into a Formula 1 car after 6 months, which has felt like quite a while. I’ve said all along that a third driver position with a top team would be much better for my career this year, and I’m starting to see the benefits of that strategy. I’ve learnt a lot so far with Lotus F1 Team, and this is just the beginning,” added the Belgian driver.

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