Nabil Jeffri handed Lotus Racing test run chance
Lotus Racing have handed 16-year-old Malaysian driver Nabil Jeffri the chance to drive a Formula 1 car.
Jeffri, currently fifth in the Formula BMW Pacific series with the Eurasia Motorsport team, will take part in a straight line tests for the Norfolk-based F1 team on 1 September at an undisclosed location in the UK.
“It’s an exciting day for all of us in the Lotus Racing team,” said Lotus Racing team boss Tony Fernandes.
“Being able to give bright young talent like Nabil the chance to play an integral role in the development of our team is a recognition of his burgeoning talent, and shows that there is a clear route to the top rung of the motorsport ladder, no matter how old you are or where you are racing.”
Jeffri said: “It’s a big privilege to gain driving experience with the most promising new F1 team.
He added: “Driving the Lotus Racing car will definitely be a priceless exposure to the F1 driving experience, and I’m looking forward to many more similar opportunities to arise as a result of being part of the AirAsia Driver Development program.”
Lotus have already committed themselves to developing young talent with their third driver Fairuz Fauzy-another Malaysian youngster-making appearances on Friday morning practice for the team earlier in the season.