Davide Valsecchi, Lotus, Barcelona, 2011

Valsecchi to drive for Lotus in first practice

2011 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Davide Valsecchi, Lotus, Barcelona, 2011
Davide Valsecchi, Lotus, Barcelona, 2011

Davide Valsecchi will participate in an F1 race weekend for the first time on Friday.

The Italian will drive for Lotus in the first practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Valsecchi will be at the wheel of Heikki Kovalainen’s car. He has already driven the T128 in pre-season testing.

Karun Chandhok drove for the team in first practice at Melbourne but crashed on his first lap out of the pits.

Technical director Mike Gascoyne said he expects the Sepang circuit will suit the car better: “The conditions at Sepang should suit us more favourably.

“I think the track temperatures will help us show more of the car’s true pace and as the layout it is quite similar to Barcelona – relatively high aero and a good mix of low and high speed turns – I think we will be able to extract more performance from the car than we were able to in Melbourne.”

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