Lotus 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?óÔé¼Ôäós an amazing opportunity for me, and I?óÔé¼Ôäód like to thank Lotus F1 Team for giving me the chance to experience the E20; it?óÔé¼Ôäós a great car and I can?óÔé¼Ôäót wait to drive it.
“I know the team from my rookie day in Abu Dhabi in 2010, and I?óÔé¼Ôäóve felt very comfortable at Enstone this year which I?óÔé¼Ôäóm 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?óÔé¼Ôäóve said all along that a third driver position with a top team would be much better for my career this year, and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm starting to see the benefits of that strategy. I?óÔé¼Ôäóve 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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