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Chandhok wearing Team Lotus jacket

Karun Chandhok looks to have definitely secured a role with Team Lotus for 2011.

The former HRT driver hinted recently that he is close to becoming the Tony Fernandes-headed team’s reserve and Friday driver.

“Nothing is final until you have a contract in your hands,” said the Indian.

That contract appears to have now been signed, given Chandhok’s sighting early on Wednesday wearing a ‘Team Lotus’-branded jacket.

The photograph of Chandhok, standing alongside the team’s driver development official and ex-Minardi driver Alex Yoong, was posted on Twitter by Fernandes.

Team Lotus’ T128 makes its test debut at Valencia on Wednesday morning.