Jerome D'Ambrosio, Romain Grosjean, Eric Boullier, Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus E20 launch, 2012

D’Ambrosio to drive for Lotus at Mugello

2012 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jerome D'Ambrosio, Romain Grosjean, Eric Boullier, Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus E20 launch, 2012Lotus have confirmed reserve driver Jerome D’Ambrosio will get his first taste of the E20 in next week’s test at Mugello.

D’Ambrosio, who raced for Virgin in 2011, will drive the car on the first day of the three-day test on May 1st.

Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean will run on the following two days.

D’Ambrosio said: “It?s an amazing opportunity for me, and I?d like to thank Lotus F1 Team for giving me the chance to experience the E20; it?s a great car and I can?t wait to drive it.

“I know the team from my rookie day in Abu Dhabi in 2010, and I?ve felt very comfortable at Enstone this year which I?m sure will be a big help. Kimi and Romain needed time in the car during the winter after two years away, so the fact that this test has been put on the calendar after the first four races of the season gives me an opportunity to drive

“It will be very valuable for me to get back into a Formula 1 car after six months, which has felt like quite a while. I?ve said all along that a third driver position with a top team would be much better for my career this year, and I?m starting to see the benefits of that strategy. I?ve learnt a lot so far with Lotus F1 Team, and this is just the beginning.”

The test will give the team valuable additional development mileage as they missed four days of pre-season testing following a suspension failure at the Circuit de Catalunya.

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