Fairuz Fauzy becomes Renault reserve driver
Lotus Renault GP have announced Fairuz Fauzy as their new reserve driver for the 2011 season. Fauzy, was the reserve driver for Lotus Racing in 2010 and took part in a number of the Friday practice sessions for the team until he was released early from his five year contract at the end of the season. The Malaysian driver will combine his new role at Renault alongside racing in the GP2 series with the Super Nova squad. Speaking about his new role to formula1.com Fauzy said: “I want to thank Lotus Renault GP for giving me this opportunity. It’s a real honour to be part of a top team that has achieved so much in the sport and it’s something any driver dreams about." "It’s feels especially exciting because of the new partnership with Lotus and I’m very proud to be here at the start of a new era for the team. It’s also a great opportunity for me to improve as a driver and learn as much as I can about Formula One so that hopefully one day I can be on the grid myself.” As well being the reserve driver for Lotus Racing in 2010, the 28 year-old Malaysian driver had previously been the test driver for the Spyker squad back in 2007. Since then Fauzy has competed in GP2, the World Series by Renault, and A1GP. As part as his new contract with Renault, Fauzy will join the new LRGP Academy, which aims to prepare young talents for the demands of Formula One racing. Here he will take part in development work for the team, have the opportunity to gain further F1 experience in the 2009-spec R29, undergo media training and attend fitness camps.