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Renault revises Jerez line-up

Lotus Renault GP amends its driver line-up for the forthcoming second pre-season F1 2011 group test at Jerez in southern Spain this week - as the search narrows for Robert Kubica's replacement...
Lotus Renault GP has announced its drivers for this week's second pre-season F1 2011 test at Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain, with a revised pairing over the weekend that arguably gives the biggest hint yet as to the injured Robert Kubica's likely replacement this year.

Originally, the team's recently-confirmed reserve drivers Bruno Senna and Romain Grosjean were slated to run alongside Vitaly Petrov at Jerez, but intriguingly, the latter has now been replaced in the line-up by Nick Heidfeld.

Petrov will drive the R31 on Thursday and Friday, as scheduled, before Senna and Heidfeld alternately take to the track over the weekend, with a team statement confirming that the German 'is a potential replacement' for his former team-mate Kubica.

The 33-year-old is out-of-work after being released by Sauber, but he is widely-renowned within the paddock as a safe pair of hands – between the 2007 French Grand Prix and 2009 Italian Grand Prix, he took the chequered flag in 41 successive races, an F1 record and 24 of them inside the points – and he also has crucial development experience of Pirelli's tyres.

Aside from Heidfeld, other drivers mentioned in connection with substituting for Kubica have been 2010 rookie Senna, Grosjean, former F1 World Champion-turned-rally convert Kimi Raikkonen and Force India refugee Vitantonio Liuzzi.

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Jimmy - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 7:40 PM

Seriously what the hell is the point in employing and calling Bruno Senna as the official Lotus Renault GP Reserve driver if your going to give the drive to someone who isn't even a test driver for the team, Heidfeld isn't in the team, Senna is. The only reason people think Senna is crap is because of his results last year, and wake up for crying out loud the Hispania is 5 seconds a lap slower anyway

renegade - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 8:32 PM

I don't think Senna has had a real chance in a decent car. He missed out big time in '09 when Honda pulled out but had done enough to probably take Rubens seat until then. I think it is fair to try him out against Nick and whoever else is in the frame and see who is the most consistent over the next couple of tests before deciding who gets the seat.

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