Nicolas Prost, Davide Valsecchi and Kimi Raikkonen – those three drivers will be representing Lotus during next week`s young driver tests on Silverstone.
Tests will take place between 17 and 19 July. Firstly they were planned only for young drivers, but after teams` problems with Pirelli tyres, FIA allowed also first teams` drivers to drive.
“It’s great timing for us to have this season’s young driver test scheduled in the middle of the year as it allows us to evaluate more of the new parts we have for the E21 as the championship battle intensifies. Remarkably, the UK has been having some notably good weather recently so we’re looking forward to getting some good running across the three days” – said Eric Boullier, Lotus boss.
“For Nico and Davide it’s an opportunity to learn and improve, while for the team it is a great opportunity to try to refine some of the latest developments we have for the E21. Kimi is also allowed to run, enabling him and other race drivers to test tyres for Pirelli. This will benefit both him and Romain by granting us a better understanding of these tyres before we head to the next event in Hungary. By running Nicolas and Davide we are giving them both invaluable experience and also gaining great feedback, as we’ve previously seen what they can do in the car and appreciate the valuable information they give us. It’s also a fabulous second opportunity for all Formula One fans to come and see the teams in action at Silverstone” – added Boullier.
Prost will run during the first day of test, Valsecchi will be second and on Friday (last day of tests) behind Lotus` wheel will sit Raikkonen.
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