d’Ambrosio joins Lotus as reserve driver

Sacked Virgin driver, Jerome d’Ambrosio is to join Lotus as a third driver it was announced earlier. The belgian who made his Formula One debut im Australia last year was dropped from the team in favour of French rookie Charles Pic.

d’Ambrosio will attend all races next season as a back up driver for Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean and will step in for them if required.

“It’s a great feeling to be joining Lotus F1 Team,” said d’Ambrosio. “It’s an exciting next step in my career. I contested a complete season in Formula One as a race driver for a smaller team where I learnt a lot about Formula One. Now, I have the opportunity to work with one of the top teams with great potential for my future development. With my recent race experience, I know I can make a valuable contribution.”

“Of course, I would love to be racing, but racing with a top team. Being associated with Lotus F1 Team should be more beneficial and this is the choice I have made. This opportunity is one I couldn’t afford to miss. My desire to get back in a race seat in the future is motivating me to do the best job possible in my new position.”

Team boss Eric Boullier added: “To have a third driver who is highly motivated, fresh and talented and who contested the full 2011 season is highly beneficial for us. In Jerome we have someone we know well who integrates beneficially with the squad. He impressed as reserve driver for us in 2010 and at the end of that year he made a strong showing in the young driver test. He also showed strongly in his rookie season as an F1 race driver. I am looking forward to working with Jerome again and think he is a perfect addition to our driving strength.

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