D’Ambrosio joins Lotus as third driver
January 24, 2012
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Jerome D'Ambrosio will join Lotus from Virgin
Former Virgin driver Jerome D’Ambrosio is to join the Renault/Lotus team as a reserve driver.
He made his debut to the sport in 2011, but was dropped at the end of the season to make way for new rookie Charles Pic.
When the team was known as Renault, D’Ambrosio was part of their young driver program, and tested their cars in 2009 and 2010.
Jerome had this to say today:
"It’s a great feeling to be joining Lotus F1 Team. It’s an exciting next step in
I contested a complete season in F1 as a race driver for a smaller team where I
learned a lot about Formula 1. Now, I have the opportunity to work with one of
the top teams with great potential for my future development.
With my recent race experience, I know I can make a valuable contribution. Of
course, I would love to be racing, but racing with a top team.
Being associated with Lotus F1 Team should be more beneficial and this is the
choice I have made. This opportunity is one I couldn’t afford to miss. My desire
to get back in a race seat in the future is motivating me to do the best job
possible in my new position."