Lotus confirms reserve driver D’Ambrosio for Monza
4 September, 2012
Sep.4 (GMM) Belgian Jerome d’Ambrosio will contest this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in the place of Romain Grosjean. The announcement ends speculation that Lotus might have overlooked its official reserve driver for the Monza seat, after team regular Grosjean was given a one-race ban by the FIA for causing the spectacular first-lap crash at Spa last Sunday.
Rubens Barrichello, Jaime Alguersuari and Adrian Sutil were speculatively linked with the one-off cockpit, but it now emerges that 2011 Virgin Racing driver d’Ambrosio, 26, will race the competitive Lotus E20.
“We know that Jerome is well integrated into the team and that he did a good job when he drove the car at the Mugello test,” said team boss Eric Boullier.
“Now he has the challenge of a grand prix at the challenging circuit of Monza, in a car which is capable of finishing on the podium.”
D’Ambrosio said: “My desire for 2012 has always been to get back into the seat of a Formula 1 car so I am grabbing this opportunity with both hands. Monza is a fantastic circuit and I can’t wait to take to the track on Friday.”
“As third driver I have worked with the team at every Grand Prix, attending all the briefings and meetings that the race drivers do, so I am well prepared in this respect. Monza is a superb circuit, but it is also quite a technical one so I am not underestimating the task ahead of me,.”
“I want to reward the faith that the team has in me with a good haul of points from the race. I will hand the wheel back to Romain after Sunday’s race and I hope that this one showing in Italy will allow me to show my capabilities fully,” added D’Ambrosio.
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