KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian karting prodigy Nabil Jeffri will get an insight into Formula One racing when he takes part in Lotus Racing’s aero test in the United Kingdom next month.
The 16-year old is currently competing in Formula BMW Pacific with Eurasia Motosport. It has been a good start to his motor racing career as he is placed fifth in the standings.
Taking part in the aero test will provide invaluable experience in motor racing.
Nabil’s stint with Lotus Racing is part of the AirAsia Asean Driver Development programme, which is aimed at providing youths in the region the chance to pursue their dream of becoming professional racers.
Lotus Racing principal Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said yesterday that it was great to be able to provide the opportunity for a young driver like Nabil to get a taste of driving an F1 car and gaining experience through the programme.
“This programme is designed at offering young drivers the chance to hone their skills and as a platform for them to develop and compete against top class racers,” he said after announcing Nabil’s stint under the programme at a leading hotel here yesterday.
“Nabil has huge talent and we are confident that he will benefit from driving in the aero test. He is among the young drivers who we hope will make the grade in the future.”
Nabil, meanwhile, is excited at the prospect of driving for Lotus in the aero test.
“This is a big break for me and I must thank Lotus Racing for the opportunity. Driving the Lotus car will be a priceless exposure to F1 racing.
“I hope to get more such stints to help me develop as a top driver. I am also thankful for being a part of the AirAsia Driver Development Programme,” he said.
The Lotus Racing team drivers are Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen while Malaysia’s Fairuz Fauzy is the test driver.
Fernandes said that Nabil would be able to get a better insight into F1 by talking to and learning from Fairuz.