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D'Ambrosio to get Lotus outing

Jerome D'Ambrosio will get to drive for Lotus this weekend with Romain Grosjean absent following his one-race ban from the F1 stewards in Belgium.

In a hectic race start Lotus's Grosjean appeared to lose his head just moments into the race.

Grosjean jerked right alongside McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and with the Brit perilously close to the grass and the wall, Grosjean continued to drift right, hitting the McLaren who had nowhere to go.

With both cars out of control they hurtled towards the cars in front crashing into Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez's Sauber at La Source.

Due to the severity of the incident, the race stewards handed Grosjean a hefty 50,000 fine and banned him from taking part in the Italian Grand Prix.

The Frenchman will return at the Singapore Grand Prix, but in Italy his car will be driven by Reserve driver D'Ambrosio.

The 26-year-old Belgian drove for Virgin Racing during the 2011 Formula One World Championship.

'My desire for 2012 has always been to get back into the seat of a Formula 1 car so I am grabbing this opportunity with both hands,' said D'Ambrosio to the BBC.

'As third driver, I have worked with the team at every grand prix, attending all the briefings and meetings that the race drivers do, so I am well prepared in this respect.

'I want to reward the faith that the team has in me with a good haul of points from the race.'


Lotus have also confirmed that the team's 'Double DRS' device will not be used throughout September, but could be fitted to the car in time for October's Japanese Grand Prix.

'Although we would like to have it at Monza - because it is the type of circuit that rewards such a thing - we don't have the DRS device configured to cope with the Monza level of downforce,' Lotus Technical Director James Allison told Sky Sports.

'So it is not even on the table. In Singapore you won't see it either, because it's too high a downforce circuit with insufficient straights for it to be worthwhile. The earliest you might see it now is Suzuka.'








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Date:Thursday September 6 2012

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