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.