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Trulli and Kovalainen to drive for Lotus F1 - A new pairing for the brand new Formula One entry

Published by Mr. C

Lotus F1 Racing today announced that Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen will drive for the team in 2010. Fairuz Fauzy will take up third driver duties.

Team Principal, Tony Fernandes said of signings:

Jarno and Heiki are winners and have proven track records in Formula 1, and will be a big asset to us as we look to develop the team and the car throughout 2010.

Having Fairuz on board is also great news. He is undoubtedly the best Malaysian senior driver at the moment and it is a pleasure to welcome him into Malaysia's Formula 1 team.

Trulli, who started his career with Minardi in 1997, is one of the most experienced drivers on the grid with 216 starts, one win and a pole position to his credit.

Tony has set out very ambitious plans and I am ready to help the team achieve these high targets. I am also pleased to be back working alongside Mike Gascoyne, someone with whom I have enjoyed previous success at other teams.

Kovalainen joins Lotus F1 having made 52 GP starts, he too has a win and a pole position to his name.

I believe that appointing two drivers with the experience Jarno and I have shows how determined the team is to go racing in a truly competitive way, and our pairing sends out a very strong message to our competitors.

Fairuz Fauzy previously tested for Spyker as well as running in A1GP for Team Malaysia.