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Lotus confirm 2011 reserve drivers

Team Lotus has confirmed that Davide Valsecchi, Luiz Razia and Ricardo Teixeira will have three reserve drivers for the 2011 season. Razia and Valsecchi will be combining their 2011 GP2 Team AirAsia commitments with official roles in Team Lotus. The two drivers will spend time in the T128 during Friday test sessions throughout the new season. Razia has been named as 'third driver' and Valsecchi as 'test driver'. “I am absolutely delighted to have confirmed my role as Third Driver for Team Lotus.” Said Razia “Both Team Lotus and Team AirAsia have very exciting futures ahead and now I also have an excellent chance to build on my F1 experience.” “I’ve been able to bring that experience to the GP2 championship already and I’m sure that with the calibre of people involved in both Team AirAsia and Team Lotus we will achieve success very soon and be challenging for points, podiums and race wins whenever possible.” Meanwhile, Davide Valsecchi added “I am so happy to be part of both Team Lotus and Team AirAsia this season. They are both fantastic teams with a great amount of experience and I will learn a huge amount, on and off track. I’m excited about the Friday practice sessions ahead and I’ll do my best to help Team Lotus keep moving forward and absorb as much as I can from the F1 team.” Ricardo Teixeira also joins the team as a second Test Driver to continue his long-term development program with Lotus. Team Lotus also announced they are working on a number of other exciting driver-related projects which they will release more details on in due course.

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