Chandhok to drive Lotus in Friday practice

By on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mar.22 (GMM) Former HRT driver Karun Chandhok has joined Team Lotus as its 2011 reserve.

"He will be taking part in a number of Friday practice sessions for Team Lotus including FP1 in Melbourne," said the team in a statement.

It was previously believed that Davide Valsecchi would be driving in Australia in first practice, but along with Ricardo Teixeira he is now only listed as a "test driver".

Brazilian Luiz Razia, meanwhile, has been confirmed as Lotus' "third driver".

"I've been talking to the team for quite a while about a role with them and I'm delighted we're now able to confirm that I will be driving for Team Lotus in 2011," said Indian Chandhok.

He said the details of more Friday outings in 2011 "are being worked out now".

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