No Friday outings for Monza sub d’Ambrosio – boss

Wed, 19 September 2012, 03:35

Sep.19 (GMM) Eric Boullier has admitted it is unlikely Jerome d’Ambrosio will make another appearance on the grand prix asphalt in 2012.

Lotus’ Boullier-managed Belgian reserve driver replaced Romain Grosjean at Monza recently, while the team’s French regular served his one-race ban.

D’Ambrosio is the team’s official reserve driver, who at the start of the 2012 season was slated to make some Friday morning practice appearances in the black Lotus.

But the E20 was ultimately so impressive that Kimi Raikkonen is now charging for the title, and Grosjean race wins.

It’s for that reason that team boss Boullier has sidelined d’Ambrosio for now, even though he insists the 26-year-old performed impressively at Monza.

“Jerome lost KERS at the start of the race and around Monza that is a big, big loss. In lap time it is nearly a second,” Boullier is quoted by the Telegraph.

“He did a very nice job. I was very satisfied.”

So does that mean the former Virgin driver might be given another chance to drive the 2012 Lotus, perhaps during a Friday morning practice session?

“I don’t think it’s under consideration,” Boullier answered.

“If we can afford to do it, we will do it, but with the championship being so close we want to fight and use any resources or means we can to give us all the chances to do well.”

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