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Johnny Cecotto junior eyes F1 seat

ESPNF1 Staff
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Johnny Cecotto Jr: following in his father's footsteps? © Sutton Images
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Johnny Cecotto Jr, the son of former Formula One driver Johnny Cecotto, is looking to join Lotus as a test driver.

Cecotto senior, who is now 54, won the world 350cc motorbike title in 1975, before switching to two wheels and driving for the Theodore F1 team in 1983. A year later, he was Brazilian rookie Ayrton Senna's Toleman team-mate.

Twenty-one year-old Cecotto Jr, who was born in Germany, has been driving in GP2 this year and is linked with Lotus boss Tony Fernandes' new Air Asia team for 2011. According to Italy's Autosprint magazine, that role could include an F1 test and reserve driver seat. However, according to a Venezuelan news agency, Cecotta did not complete the 2010 GP2 season because he ran out of money. But nevertheless, it claimed he and his father are in talks with F1 teams about 2011.

"In recent weeks I have had constant communications with the management of one formula one team who would have me for next season," Cecotto Jr told the agency. "It's an exciting proposal that would allow me to start as a test driver in November in Abu Dhabi. We are focused on putting together the budget that allows us to be not only a test driver in F1 but to also compete in GP2 with one of the top teams and fight for the win."

Cecotto's sponsors include the Venezuelan telecommunications company CANTV.