Vladimir Arabadzhiev, Spa-Francorchamps, GP2, 2010

Arabadzhiev and Gonz?â?ílez handed Lotus tests

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Vladimir Arabadzhiev, Spa-Francorchamps, GP2, 2010
Vladimir Arabadzhiev, Spa-Francorchamps, GP2, 2010

Lotus will tests drivers from Bulgaria and Venezuela in the young drivers’ session at Abu Dhabi next week.

Bulgarian Vladimir Arabadzhiev and Venezuela’s Rodolfo Gonz?â?ílez will take to the track in the Lotus T127.

Both have been racing in the GP2 championship this year. Arabadzhiev, who has also raced in Auto GP, has started every race this year but is yet to score. He has a best finish of ninth in the Valencia sprint race.

He has been replaced by Brendon Hartley at the Coloni team as of this weekend’s race in Abu Dhabi.

Gonz?â?ílez, who drives for Arden, is 21st in the series with four points. Countryman Pastor Maldonado will also be testing for HRT and Williams.

No Bulgarian has ever competed in Formula 1 and the last Venezuelan to appear at a race weekend was Ernesto Viso, who drove for Midland in practice for the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Lotus Racing chief executive officer Riad Asmat said:

We are very pleased to have confirmed that Rodolfo and Vladimir will be driving for us in Abu Dhabi. They both come from countries with growing interest in motorsport, and the chance to give emerging drivers the opportunity to step up to Formula One is central to the Lotus Racing philosophy of embracing young talent.

Everyone in the team is looking forward to working with them over the two day test and I am delighted we could give them this opportunity.
Riad Asmat

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