After dropping out of contention for the final 2011 race cockpit at HRT, Davide Valsecchi could still be in formula one this year.
The Italian website 422race.com claims the 24-year-old Italian, who has raced in GP2 in the last few years and impressed F1 chiefs with his pace at the Abu Dhabi test last November, is set to join Team Lotus.
Valsecchi will be a test driver alongside young Brazilian Luiz Razia, who was with the Virgin team in 2010.
The Italian report said Valsecchi will get a half-day of testing with Lotus at the Bahrain test in March, and probably then two outings on the Friday mornings of the Australian and Malaysian grands prix.
And Razia, another GP2 driver, will do as many as “five Friday free practice” sessions in 2011, added the report.
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