Charles Pic will return to the wheel of an F1 car in a race weekend practice session for the first time since last season.
Lotus have hired former Caterham racer Charles Pic as their third driver for the new season.
At the halfway point in the season the balance of power in each of the teams has become clear. Here’s how each pair of team mates compares so far.
Charles Pic says the change of engine and the addition of KERS marks the biggest difference from the Marussia he drove last year and the Caterham he is driving now.
Charles Pic will become the first driver this year to incur a penalty for having an engine change.
Pictures of the special helmets being used by Pastor Maldonado, Romain Grosjean, Charles Pic and Sergio Perez in Monaco.
Marussia’s fellow 2010 debutants have made measurable progress in the last two seasons, but the team formerly known as Virgin have not.
Having had no French drivers in the last two F1 seasons there are three in the rookie class of 2012 – plus Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Virgin have announced Charles Pic will race for them in 2012.
Pictures from the final day of the young drivers test at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi.