Driver Annoucements – Pic and Nasr

During the test in Bahrain there were two Annoucements in terms of test and reserve drivers, one at Lotus, the other with Williams.

Charles Pic, the former Caterham and Marussia racer was confirmed as the reserve driver for Lotus, the move is beneficial for both parties although more so for the Frenchman as it sees him remain in the sport somewhat despite not having a drive and may open up opportunities for a drive in future, It is also a good move for the team as it means they have a reserve who has two years experience in F1, this was something they lacked with their previous reserve Davide Valsecchi who was overlooked late last year after Kimi Raikkonen left early to undergo back surgery instead opting for Heikki Kovalainen. Now they have an relatively experienced reserve in Pic they will probably not need to seek a replacement from elsewhere should their drivers pick up an injury or a race ban as in the case of Romain Grosjean a few years back at Monza after his first corner smash at the Belgian GP.

The other announcement came late last night from Bahrain where it was announced that Brazilian GP2 driver Felipe Nasr would become the test and reserve driver at Williams, the 21 year old has a bright future and with time on his side we could see him in Formula 1 soon. His signing is good both for Williams as a team as he is definitely a talented driver in my view having watched him in GP2 last year and we will see him in 5 FP1 sessions according to Williams, but also in the financial aspect with Nasr joining the team with plenty of backing from his homeland.

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