The Lotus F1 Team has added Adderly Fong to its development driver line-up.
He will undertake a driver development programme as well as completing simulator work for the team. He will balance his duties with racing in GP3 and GT Asia this season.
The Hong Kong born racer has previously tested in Formula One when he drove the Sauber last year. His racing history includes winning the Audi R8 LMS Cup China in 2013 and third in the British Formula Three International Series in 2012. He has also taken part in Le Mans, raced at Macau, and Formula Renault.
“This is a great opportunity to further my racing career,” Fong said of the news. “I’ll be able to learn how an F1 team operates during race weekends as an integral part of the team and these invaluable experiences are going to lay the foundations of my future development as an F1 driver. I am happy but I am not going to get carried away, for this is only the first of many steps.”
Fong hopes to become the first Chinese driver to compete in a Formula 1 Grand Prix. “There is great potential for me with Lotus F1 Team so I can’t wait to get underway in my new role.”
He will join Lotus’ recent recruit Carmen Jorda in the development driver line-up. GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer is their test driver. “It’s great to have Adderly join the team,” CEO Matthew Carter said. “We have an aggressive development programme with the E23 so he will be able to both learn from our engineers and race drivers as well as contribute to our car through the course of the season. We have a very strong driver line-up which Adderly will join so he has a great opportunity to learn ahead of him. We are committed to moving back up the competitive order and Adderly’s work behind the scenes will be invaluable in assisting us to achieve this.”