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Chandhok named Lotus reserve driver

Karun Chandhok, who made his F1 debut in 2010 driving for the Hispania team for ten races over the course of last season, has been confirmed by Lotus as their reserve driver for the 2011 season. The team also announced that Chandhok will be taking part "in a number of Friday Practice sessions", including the first session of the new season in Melbourne this weekend. Speaking about the announcement Chandhok said: "I've been talking to the team for quite a while about a role with them and I'm delighted we're now able to confirm that I will be driving for Team Lotus in 2011," "The details of exactly which sessions I will be in the car for are being worked out now and after having spent some time with them at the recent pre-season tests I can see exactly how passionate everyone in Team Lotus is about taking this team back to the top of the F1 grid. These are very exciting times for Team Lotus and it's a real honour to be able to play a part in helping shape this team's future." Lotus team principal Tony Fernandes said he was pleased to have Chandhok on board, both for his driving skills and his ambassadorial potential. "This is another great day for Team Lotus," Fernandes said. "Karun's appointment to our team gives us not only his immense driving talent and F1 experience, both of which will help us develop the car even further, but also brings one of the warmest, most professional personalities I have the pleasure of knowing into the Team Lotus family.” “I do not think it is going too far to say that Karun represents the future of motor racing - he is living proof that geography is no boundary to talent and ambition and that you will succeed if you work hard and keep dreaming. He is fiercely proud of his Indian heritage but he has a truly global outlook and I am honoured that Team Lotus is now giving one of India's brightest stars the chance to continue to develop his talent.” “Everyone in the team is excited about working with Karun, and I cannot wait to see him representing the Indian nation in our car." Chandhok joins an already large driver pool at Lotus, with the team confirming Luiz Razia as third driver and Davide Valsecchi and Ricardo Teixeira as test drivers only a few weeks ago.

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