Lotus sign Trulli and Kovalainen for 2010

Jarno Trulli will be back on the F1 grid in 2010 with Lotus

Jarno Trulli will be back on the F1 grid in 2010 with Lotus

Lotus have confirmed their two drivers for their return to F1 in 2010.

Ex-Toyota driver Jarno Trulli will join the team, being re-united with designer Mike Gasconye for the fourth time in his career.

He will be partnered by Heikki Kovalainen, who was squeezed out of McLaren by the arrival of Jenson Button.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

It means the new Lotus team will have drivers of the same nationalities for its first race as its predecessor did for its last – an Italian and a Finn. Alessandro Zanardi and Mika Salo started Lotus’s last race at Adelaide in 1994.

Trulli is heading into his 14th F1 season, Kovalainen his fourth – and they each have a single Grand Prix win to their names. With a combined 268 starts between them, Lotus have a line-up with more experience than any of the driver pairings announced so far except for Williams’s.

Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy will be the team’s test driver.

Of the four new teams racing in F1 next year so far Campos has announced Bruno Senna and Virgin has confirmed Timo Glock, with Lucas di Grassi expected to be announced as their second driver tomorrow. USF1 are yet to announce their line-up for 2010.

What do you think of Lotus’s F1 driver line-up? Have your say in the comments.

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74 comments on Lotus sign Trulli and Kovalainen for 2010

  1. CLK GTR said on 15th December 2009, 4:30

    Great to see a lot of green in their website with a touch of yellow.

  2. mp4-19b said on 15th December 2009, 15:47

    Why the hell was Lotus sold to Proton????!!(Fuming!!!)

  3. Who’s going to sponsor the team? Trulli’s wine company and Finnish vodka?

  4. Daniel said on 15th December 2009, 20:12

    I might be too critical on Kovalainen, but I don’t see what can he offer at all to any team… his only win came when Massa retired with a blown engine while leading with three laps to go, in a race where Hamilton was also out…

    Trulli at least is a good qualifier and a hard one to overtake…

  5. naabil syamil said on 16th December 2009, 15:59

    i think both drivers has good experience in f1 trulli is a good and a bit rough in driving kovalainen is even better he had a victory in hungary.but if lotus f1 can use double diffuser or the KERS SYSTEM they could win a race.so all the best lotus f1

  6. mirza said on 19th January 2010, 19:28

    I think its the best pair amongst the new teams joining this season!!

  7. e.harris said on 21st January 2010, 9:39

    im glad that jarno tulli is back in the racing seat again this year, and in a british team that hasnt raced in formula one for a least 20 years, good luck jarno!!!

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