Valsecchi set for Lotus E21 aero tests
23 April 2013 – Davide Valsecchi, Lotus's third driver for the 2013 campaign, will get behind the wheel of the E21 chassis later this month, with the reigning GP2 Champion expected to complete a series of aero tests in preparation for the start of the European season.
The Italian completed a morning of pre-season testing in the car at the Circuit de Catalunya earlier this year when he substituted for the unwell Kimi Räikkönen.
"I had a seat fitting to be prepared for some aero tests later in April," explained 26-year-old Valsecchi. "It’s not quite racing, but it means I have some time in the car to get more used to the controls and of course it’s always great to work with the team.
"Hopefully I’ll be useful and maybe help find something to make the car even better on-track! It’s always a good feeling to be in an F1 car, so I’m looking forward to it."
Valsecchi travels to every Formula 1 race weekend with Lotus, acting as a backup to Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean should either of the two men suffer illness or injury.