GP3 driver Alex Fontana will make his Formula 1 test debut at Paul Ricard next week.
Fontana, 21, is currently in sixteenth place in this season’s GP3 series and is a member of the Lotus junior team programme.
The Swiss driver will take to the circuit behind the wheel of Lotus’s 2010 challenger, the R30, on Monday.
“I’m naturally delighted that Lotus F1 Team has given me the opportunity of this test,” said Fontana.
“Every driver’s dream is to sit behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car. For me it’s a great honour to be able to undertake a day’s testing at Paul Ricard. I’ve been to Enstone on a number of occasions to prepare myself to best effect with intensive work on the simulator, and I’ll be tackling this test with great respect for the team, the car and with a healthy dose of humility.”
“I’ll be giving it my best shot, to grasp the opportunity and to live up to the expectations. I’m also sure that an opportunity such as this will make a significant contribution to my experience as a driver. For this reason I’d once again like to thank the management team at Lotus F1 Team and all the people who have supported me and taken a keen interest in my progress.”
“Alex has shown great potential as part of our Lotus F1 Junior Team programme, so it is fantastic to reward him with a drive as part of our iRace Professional programme,” added Patrick Louis, Lotus’s chief executive officer.
“His day at Paul Ricard will see him working closely with our engineers to maximize his learning experience on his first day in a Formula 1 car. For Lotus F1 Team it is rewarding to work with young drivers with the goal of helping them achieve their aims and assisting us in finding the champions of the future.”