Lotus Announce Young Driver Test Line-Up

Lotus have announced their line up for the upcoming Young Driver Test at Silverstone.

The three-day test next week will see Nicolas Prost, Davide Valsecchi and regular race driver Kimi Raikkonen take to the track for the Enstone based outfit.

As per the name, the annual Young Driver Test is to allow pre-F1 drivers a chance to show what they can do behind the wheel of a real F1 car. This year however, the FIA has granted permission for teams to use regular race drivers to help Pirelli develop new tyres, following the saga at the British Grand Prix in June where four tyres exploded mid-race.

Nicolas, son of four-time World Champion, Alain Prost, and Davide Valsecchi have both previously piloted a Lotus at last year’s Young Driver Test which was held at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi following the Grand Prix. This year, Prost will take the Wednesday running, Valsecchi the Thursday and Raikkonen the Friday.

“By running Nicolas and Davide we are giving them both invaluable experience and also gaining great feedback, as we’ve previously seen what they can do in the car and appreciate the valuable information they give us,” said Lotus team-principal Eric Boullier.

“It’s great timing for us to have this season’s Young Driver Test scheduled in the middle of the year as it allows us to evaluate more of the new parts we have for the E21 as the championship battle intensifies.

” Remarkably, the UK has been having some notably good weather recently so we’re looking forward to getting some good running across the three days.”

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