Nicolas Prost, Davide Valsecchi and Kimi Räikkönen will drive for Lotus F1 Team during next week’s adapted ‘Young Driver Test’ at Silverstone on July 17 -19.
The test, originally intended solely for young drivers, but adapted to allow race drivers to test Pirelli’s new tyres, will see Development Driver Nicolas Prost drive on Wednesday, followed by Third Driver Davide Valsecchi on Thursday, with Kimi Räikkönen bringing the test to a conclusion on Friday.
Both Nicolas and Davide have previously driven the team’s 2012 Formula 1 car, the E20, at last year’s Young Driver Test, whilst Davide has also taken the wheel of the current model – the E21 – for half a day’s running during 2013 pre-season testing.
Eric Boullier: "It’s great timing for us to have this season’s Young Driver Test scheduled in the middle of the year as it allows us to evaluate more of the new parts we have for the E21 as the championship battle intensifies. Remarkably, the UK has been having some notably good weather recently so we’re looking forward to getting some good running across the three days. By running Nicolas and Davide we are giving them both invaluable experience and also gaining great feedback, as we’ve previously seen what they can do in the car and appreciate the valuable information they give us. It’s also a fabulous second opportunity for all Formula 1 fans to come and see the teams in action at Silverstone."