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Lotus to run Malaysian teenager

Lotus to give young Malaysian driver the chance to sample F1 machinery
Lotus has announced that 16-year-old Nabil Jeffri, a Malaysian karting prodigy currently competing in Formula BMW Pacific, will take part in an aero test with the team next month.

The announcement comes with Jeffri having signed up a part of the driver development programme Lotus put in place having secured an entry for the 2010 F1 season.

“I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to drive for Lotus Racing in the aero test,” Jeffri said. “It's a big privilege to gain driving experience with the most promising new F1 team.

“Driving the Lotus Racing car will definitely be a priceless exposure to the F1 driving experience, and I'm looking forward to many more similar opportunities to arise as a result of being part of the AirAsia Driver Development program.”

Lotus Racing Team Principal Tony Fernandes said he was delighted to give the youngster an opportunity to sample F1 machinery for the first time.

“It's an exciting day for all of us in the Lotus Racing team – being able to give bright young talent like Nabil the chance to play an integral role in the development of our team is a recognition of his burgeoning talent, and shows that there is a clear route to the top rung of the motorsport ladder, no matter how old you are or where you are racing,” he said.

“I'm sure that before he gets in the hot seat he'll be speaking to Fairuz Fauzy for some advice – Fairuz is another Malaysian sports star who, as our third driver, is showing at tracks around the world that you can reach the top if you work hard to achieve your dreams – together, they serve as inspirations to everyone in our team, and to young talent all over the world.”

The exact date and location of the test hasn't been revealed.


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Asiah - Unregistered

August 08, 2010 8:13 PM

The maturity is clearly lacking in Tony Fernandes judgement in bringing a 16 year old into F1 whatever the job to be done. I would guess this is Tony Fernandes way of trying to show the Malaysian government and general populace that Lotus is a Malaysian team and will give opportunities to Malaysians to become F1 drivers. In return he must hope for his team to be funded by the Malaysian government. But why a 16 year old who at best is running middle pack in a weak season of FBMW Asia Pacific that is hardly a stepping stone formula to F1. Surely the first chance for further mileage is Fairuz Fauzy the current reserve driver for Lotus who is also Malaysian. Fauzy has driven at various Grand Prix’s this season it would impress Malaysia more to have Fauzy race at Grand Prix’s and a far better way to get government help. Then Jazeman Jaafer who has scored Podiums in British F3 this season with far more racing experience he is also Malaysian. Maybe it is politics as Jazeman is sponsored



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