The Lotus Renault GP team has confirmed that test driver Bruno Senna will make a return to action during Friday practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Senna, who joined the team at the start of the season after leaving Hispania Racing, will replace Nick Heidfeld for the opening practice session of the weekend before the German returns to action for the remainder of the race weekend.
“I'm really excited to be driving in FP1 at the Hungaroring,” Senna said. “It's not very often you get these opportunities with big teams, and I'm very grateful for getting this chance. Hopefully I can do a good job and show the team the potential I have, and help us move forward.
“I've done some productive work in the R31 already this year – though never during a race weekend - so I know the car layout well and I'm confident it will be a smooth transition. I'm looking forward to working with the team during the session to ensure a good car set-up for Nick when he resumes driving in FP2.”
Team boss Eric Boullier said the decision had been taken to give Senna the chance to show what he could do in a competitive enviroment.
“We feel now is the right time to give Bruno a chance to drive for us during a free practice session,” he said. “Although he's done some mileage with our R29 and R31 already this year, driving in a Friday session will provide him invaluable experience with the R31 during a race weekend. It will also give us with a chance to see how Bruno adapts to driving during a competitive practice session.
“As of free practice two, Nick will return to the car for the remainder of the weekend alongside Vitaly.”