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Razia secures Abu Dhabi test run with Team Lotus
4 November 2011
Luiz Razia will get the opportunity to take in the F1 young driver test in Abu Dhabi later this month with Team Lotus.
Razia joins American youngster Alexander Rossi for the three-day F1 test, which will run from November 15-17 following next weekend's penultimate round of the F1 2011 World Championship at the Yas Marina Circuit, and he will get one day on track.
“The test in F1 is a very big deal for me - it is a full day behind the wheel so I will be able to get a lot from it and hopefully give the team some good feedback,” said Razia.
“They will have a lot to test ahead of 2012 and I am really looking forward to being involved in that.”
The Brazilian, who ran for Team Lotus in FP1 in China back in April, will also compete in next week's non-championship GP2 event in Abu Dhabi with sister outfit Caterham Team AirAsia.
“We had a great relationship throughout our first season and it will be good to continue that in Abu Dhabi,” Razia continued. “The start of the 2011 season at the Yas Marina Circuit did not go well for me so we will not be repeating that again, but looking back I had a really good race there in 2010.
“I have been training very hard recently and I am focused and confident we can go out there and be really competitive.”
Riad Asmat, CEO of Team Lotus and team principal of GP2 Caterham Team AirAsia, added: “Luiz has been a key player in the 2011 season in helping grow our GP2 team from a starting point of an empty factory in late 2010 to finishing sixth in our first championship.
“Throughout the season he has also been involved in the F1 operation, both on track where he took part in FP1 for us in China and did a very solid job there, and in sitting in on briefings with the engineers at various races to grow his experience of the F1 environment and help increase his knowledge of the way we work so he can jump straight into the F1 seat when he has his chance.
“I am sure he will perform extremely well for us in both the GP2 event and in the F1 car and we are all looking forward to seeing him successfully complete this next stage of his development.”
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