Valsecchi not a favourite for Lotus seat, but still in the running 5 October, 2013 Davide Valsecchi Davide Valsecchi, the reigning GP2 champion, may not the favourite to replace Ferrari bound Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus next year – but he is in the running for the seat. Referring to 26-year-old Italian Valsecchi, who is the Enstone based team’s current reserve driver, team boss Eric Boullier said that there are two other candidates with a stronger chance. “Massa and Hulkenberg are strong candidates,” he is quoted by Tuttosport, “but there are many other names [under consideration], to be honest. Felipe and Nico are not the only ones on the list. There is also Davide. “It is true that his lack of experience, compared to Felipe and Nico, does not make him the favourite, but he is obviously on the list,” Frenchman Boullier added. (GMM.) Subbed by AJN. Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.