Fairuz Fauzy has joined the Lotus Renault GP.The 28 year old Malaysian joins the team with a wealth of motor sport experience, including significant Formula 1 mileage gained during practice sessions in 2010.He has also raced regularly in the GP2 Series, A1GP, and the World Series by Renault, where he finished as championship runner up in 2009.In addition to his Formula 1 duties, Fairuz will return to racing this year in the GP2 series with Super Nova Racing.Read the full news by Jeffri Mohd Rafiee from Bernama below.
FAIRUZ FAUZY JOINS LOTUS RENAULT GP AS RESERVE DRIVER
OXFORDSHIRE: Lotus Renault GP (LRGP) has named 28-year-old Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy as its reserve driver for this year’s Formula One (F1) season.
Announcing this at the team’s headquarters in Enstone here Tuesday, team principal Eric Boullier said the arrangement for Fairuz was a one-year renewable contract.
He said the plan was for Fairuz to be the first driver to enter the LRGP Academy, race in the GP2 Series and do some testing with the programme designed to bring on promising talents and prepare them for F1 racing.
“We will focus on Fairuz’s progress and evaluate his capabilities to be a race driver for us,” he told Malaysian journalists visiting the team’s facilities.
Commenting on his appointment, Fairuz said: “First of all, I would like to thank LRGP for giving me the opportunity to be their reserve driver and also to be part of the team known to be a very successful team.
“To be part of a team which is a frequent point scorer is an honour and this will give a big boost to my career and I’m looking foward for it,” he said.
Fairuz said 2011 would be an interesting year for him as he would also be racing in the main GP2 Series and the GP2 Asia.
“To keep me racing while being a reserve driver is a good thing to keep the momentum going,” he said, expressing the hope for a long-term contract with the team.
In the 2010 season, Fairuz was the third driver for Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes’ Lotus Racing (now known as Team Lotus).