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Razia confirmed for Lotus at YDT

ESPNF1 Staff
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Luiz Razia has driven for Lotus during testing this season © Sutton Images
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Lotus has confirmed that Luiz Razia will drive for the team in the Young Driver Test after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Razia has been one of the reserve drivers for Lotus this season, spending time in the Formula One car during testing and in FP1 at the Chinese Grand Prix. As well as being announced as taking part in "one full day" of the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi, he will also continue to race for Team AirAsia in the GP2 Final that weekend.

Razia said that he feels he has been rewarded for the progress that he has made with the GP2 outfit.

"I believe this is confirmation of all the good progress we have made this year and I am very pleased to be working with the team again," Razia said. "We had a great relationship throughout our first season and it will be good to continue that in Abu Dhabi. 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. They will have a lot to test ahead of 2012 and I am really looking forward to being involved in that."

Group CEO Riad Asmat also said that Razia was fully prepared for the test having worked closely with the Formula One team all season.

"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," Asmat said. "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."