Lotus sign 16-year-old development driver

Lotus has announced the signing of 16-year-old Nabil Jeffri, as part of its young driver development programme.

This means that the Formula BMW Pacific driver will now take part in a number of aero tests in September.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to drive for Lotus Racing in the aero test,” said the Malaysian driver. “It’s a big privilege to gain driving experience with the most promising new F1 team.

“Driving the Lotus Racing car will definitely be a priceless exposure to the F1 driving experience, and I’m looking forward to many more similar opportunities to arise as a result of being part of the AirAsia Driver Development program.”

Team boss Tony Fernandes hailed the initiative, stating: “It’s an exciting day for all of us in the Lotus Racing team – being able to give bright young talent like Nabil the chance to play an integral role in the development of our team is a recognition of his burgeoning talent, and shows that there is a clear route to the top rung of the motorsport ladder, no matter how old you are or where you are racing.

“I’m sure that before he gets in the hot seat he’ll be speaking to Fairuz Fauzy for some advice Fairuz is another Malaysian sports star who, as our third driver, is showing at tracks around the world that you can reach the top if you work hard to achieve your dreams together, they serve as inspirations to everyone in our team, and to young talent all over the world.”