Team Lotus is the first of the new F1 teams to announce their full lineup for the 2010 season. Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen were announced Monday as the main two drivers with Fairuz Fauzy being named as the official test driver.
Trulli will continue his career in refugee status as he lost out in the Toyota pullout (not so sure he would have stayed anyways). As for Heikki, this drive has to be a bit sour after losing his McLaren seat. Both drivers will be looking to have some success with the team, but I am sure that both are realistic on this prospect of success given the very young team. One thing that was brought up a number of times was the team’s progress. Both drivers have visited the site and were very impressed with how far the team has come in such a short amount of time.
Jarno and Heikki were probably the two better drivers on the market; however Fauzy being added is simply based on the Malaysian connection. It will be interesting to see how these two drivers will work together and also how well they can work to separate Lotus from the rest of the new teams.