Lotus WSR 3.5 has announced they are delighted to sign Meindert van Buuren, who will team-mate Matthieu Vaxiviere for the upcoming Formula Renault 3.5 season.

The Dutch driver made his debut in the series last year for Pons Racing, with the highlight of the season being a fifth place finish at the Hungaroring. The 20-year-old believes the team's connection with its Lotus F1 partners will give him a key advantage.

"The team will be a new experience for me, but not entirely new, since my engineer will be a fellow Dutchman with whom I have worked before," van Buuren said. "If the performance is there, the connections with the Lotus F1 team will be very short.

"I'm really happy to have reached this agreement. At the test at Barcelona I immediately noticed how focused the team operates, working very methodically on providing a driver with a winning machine."

Vaxiviere will return for a second season with Lotus after enjoying a productive debut season in Formula Renault 3.5, notching up two podiums on his way to eighth in the drivers' standings, despite missing two rounds of the season because of a back injury.

The 20-year-old Frenchman, who joins the Louts F1 junior driver programme this year, also took part in 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, scoring third place in LMGTE Am class at Fuji International Speedway.

"After a promising 2014 season I am ready for a new challenge, because I want to try and fight for more podium finishes and for my first victory in Formula Renault 3.5," Vaxiviere said. "I believe that I am more than ready for this mission as well as my team. I will do everything I can to make sure we get a good result in the championship."

The 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 season starts on the 25-26 April at Aragon in Spain.



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