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F1: Lotus Renault, more subs than stars

Lotus Renault’s 2011 driver line up is sounding like Premier League team. They now have FIVE reserves drivers in addition to the 2 race drivers. It has  retained 2010 reserves Ho-Pin Tung and Jan Charouz, and added former Lotus third driver Fairuz Fauzy. Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov (not in pic) are retained as race drivers.

Former HRT driver Bruno Senna and 2009 Renault driver Romain Grosjean have just been announced as Renault’s test and reserve line-up for 2011.

Grosjean used to be a Renault protege before his disastrous part-season in Formula 1 with the squad following Nelson Piquet’s sacking in mid-2009. “For sure it’s a great feeling,” said Grosjean. “I think it’s the best option for me to get back in a racing car in 2012.”

 “It’s a great leap of faith from them to give me this shot, so I’m very happy,” said Senna. “I’m very excited. I hope this year can get better and better.”

Interestingly in today’s launch Fairuz was missing from the photocall.

About faisal

Faisal Asri has been involved in Automotive Companies and Motorsports his entire professional life. Currently attached to Honda Malaysia as a Product Planner, he also has driven for Honda Malaysia Racing Team in Merdeka Millennium (MME)12 Hr Race 2008. Previous claim to fame with R3 include doing the donkey work getting cars such as the Satria R3, Savvy Zerokit, Waja & GEN.2 MME from prototype to production ready. Together with Adian, Faisal also successfully ran the Street Shoot Out Challenge, introducing a more exciting Time Attack format to the Malaysian Grassroot fraternity. On top of that, he was involved trackside coordinating Proton-R3's Lotus to 2 successive victories in MME. Faisal moonlights as a Driving Instructor in many Track/Advance Driving events and freelances as a R/C Drift Judge when the opportunity arises. Can usually be seen in SIC driving cars as how the were meant to be, HARD.
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