Litespeed F3’s affiliation with Lotus F1 Racing establishes the most direct route for the most gifted young drivers, in their quest to race for one of the legendary names in F1 history.
Nino Judge, Team Principal of Litespeed F3 has been appointed Head of Lotus F1 Racing’s Driver Development Programme (Europe), responsible for nurturing up-and-coming driving talent.
Considered by many to be F1’s training ground, British F3 will see Litespeed F3 race at least 2 International class Dallaras and the team’s own SLC National class car in 2010. The team is currently evaluating drivers for next season and will be signing those it considers to have the greatest potential for F1.
‘We have been looking at a number of junior series, both local and international and have seen some tremendous talent,’ said Steve Kenchington, Litespeed F3’s Director of Engineering. ‘Whilst we would like to announce our F3 driver line-up shortly, the door is not yet closed to experienced drivers who, realistically, have the skill and determination to win the championship next year.’
Commenting on the Litespeed F3 / Lotus F1 Racing relationship, Judge said, ‘It is an honour for Litespeed to be affiliated with the Lotus F1 Racing team. Even before they have competed in their first race, they are laying important foundations for the future, of which we are thrilled to play a part.
‘We can provide an important platform for both experienced and up and coming drivers to progress their careers. Many Formula 1 stars have made their name racing in Formula 3, so we can give the rare opportunity to young drivers to hone their talents in a competitive European series and to encourage them to fulfil their full potential. Ultimately this may also mean an F1 test for any exceptionally talented drivers competing in the British F3 Championship with Litespeed. The Litespeed team will also benefit from its technical collaboration with the neighbouring Lotus F1 Racing team, which makes this an extremely exciting affiliation.’