Chandhok to drive for Lotus in practice

2011 F1 drivers and teams

Karun Chandhok, Lotus, Melbourne, 2011

Karun Chandhok, Lotus, Melbourne, 2011

Karun Chandhok has been confirmed as Lotus’s reserve driver.

He will drive for them in the first practice session at Melbourne and other sessions during the year.

Chandhok is the fourth driver to take up a non-racing role at the team, joining reserve driver Luiz Razia and test drivers Davide Valsecchi and Ricardo Teixeira.

Chandhok, who drove for HRT in the first half of last year, said: “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.

“The details of exactly which sessions I will be in the car for are being worked out now and after having spent some time with them at the recent pre-season tests I can see exactly how passionate everyone in Team Lotus is about taking this team back to the top of the F1 grid.”

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