Pic has backing for 2012 Formula 1 seat
23 October, 2011
Oct.23 (PVM) French driver Charles Pic is in talks with three Formula 1 teams regarding a race seat for 2012, and his management team claim that talks with Team Lotus are at an advanced stage.
Pic’s press officer Muriel Belgy told ToileF1, “We are actively in discussions with three Formula 1 teams for Charles to make his debut in F1 next year. These teams are Toro Rosso, Team Lotus and Marussia Virgin Racing. However, discussions are at a more advanced with Team Lotus.”
However, Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes has already confirmed an unchanged driver line-up of Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli, for next year. Thus the option of Pic being drafted into the team would probably put, under performing, Italian veteran Trulli in the drop zone.
Pic is not yet aligned to a F1 team as are his French counterparts – Romain Grosjean (Renault), Jules Bianchi (Ferrari) and Jean-Eric Vergne (Red Bull) – but has formidable backing from French group Lagardère.