Nicolas Prost, Edoardo Mortara and Davide Valsecchi will drive for Lotus in Abu Dhabi
Sportscar, DTM and GP2 drivers all to be given chance
By William Esler. Last Updated: October 25, 2012 10:42am
GP2 Champion Davide Valsecchi will test for Lotus in Abu Dhabi
Lotus have revealed Nicolas Prost, Edoardo Mortara and Davide Valsecchi will drive for the team during the three day Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.
Prost is the son of four-time World Champion Alain and drives for the Lotus sponsored Rebellion Racing LMP1 squad in the World Endurance Championship.
The 31-year-old first tested for the team in 2010 - when they were known as Renault - and has continued to take part in straight-line aero tests for the Enstone-based squad.
"I'm really looking forward to driving for Lotus F1 Team at a test in this year's car, which we have all seen to be strong at so many Grands Prix this year," said Prost, who till drive on the opening day of the test.
Mortara finished fifth in the DTM this season driving for Team Rosberg - run by former World Champion Keke. The 25-year-old boasts an impressive F3 record and is the only man to win the prestigious Macau GP twice.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for me to join Lotus F1 Team and especially to be driving the E20 on track in Abu Dhabi," the French Italian said.
GP2 Champion Valsecchi will drive the E20 on the final day of the test, making it the third team F1 team he has driven for. His first experience came in 2010 when he drove for Hispania at the Young Driver Test, lapping two seconds faster than Bruno Senna managed during qualifying, before joining Team Lotus (now Caterham) as reserve driver in 2011 where drove during the first practice in Malaysia.
Young Driver Test November 6-8 Line-Up:
Red Bull: Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns.
McLaren: Gary Paffett, Oliver Turvey and Kevin Magnussen.
Lotus: Nicolas Prost, Edoardo Mortara and Davide Valsecchi.
Sauber: Esteban Gutierrez and Robin Frijns.
Toro Rosso: Luiz Razia and Johnny Cecotto Junior.
Caterham: Giedo van der Garde and Alexander Rossi