Fontana to get Paul Ricard outing with Lotus
26 September 2013 – Lotus F1 Junior Team driver Alex Fontana will experience his first taste of top-level machinery on September 30th, with the Swiss due to take to the track at Paul Ricard in the R30 - the squad’s 2010 World Championship challenger.
Fontana is currently sitting 16th in the GP3 Series points standings, and the team's Chief Executive Officer, Louis Patrick, says that the chance to get behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car is a just reward for the potential shown by the 21 year-old over the past year.
"Alex has shown great potential as part of our Junior Team Lotus F1 program, so it is fantastic to reward him with a drive as part of our iRace Professional program," he explained. "His day at Paul Ricard will see him working closely with our engineers to maximize his learning experience on his First day in a Formula 1 car. For Lotus F1 Team it is rewarding to work with young drivers with the goal of helping them achieve their aims and assisting us in finding the champions of the future. "
"I'm naturally delighted that Lotus F1 Team has given me the opportunity of this test," added Fontana. "Every driver's dream is to sit behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car. For me it's a great honour to be able to undertake a day's testing at Paul Ricard.
"I've been to Enstone on a number of occasions to prepare myself to best effect with intensive work on the simulator, and I'll be tackling this test with great respect for the team, the car and with a healthy dose of humility. I'll be giving it my best shot, and to grasp the opportunity to live up to the expectations," he concluded.