Förste förare för nya USF1 är klar. Jose Maria Lopez från Argentina tar plats i en av bilarna. Har inte så bra koll på honom, det var ju ett tag sen han var aktuell i F1-kretsar. Men han var testförare hos Renault under fler år.
Så här skriver stallet om Lopez;
After winning in karts all over the world from the age of seven – Lopez was leading Lewis Hamilton in the world final in Japan when his chain broke – he switched to race cars in Europe in 2001 . He won the 2002 Italian Formula Renault Championship with four wins, five poles and three podiums and in European Formula Renault he scored two wins, two poles and a podium. He dominated the European Formula Renault V6 Championship in 2003 (five wins, eight poles, seven podiums) and in one season of F3000 and two in GP2 he scored a win (Barcelona), seven podiums and a pole. As a contracted Renault driver, he also completed thousands of miles in the F1 car, focusing mainly on shake-downs and starts but also completing simulated race distances with compromised set-ups.
Disappointed not be given the opportunity to race in F1, Jose returned to Argentina in 2007. His positive, super-professional approach resulted in three championships, 38 wins and 36 pole positions. As a result, Jose became a hero in his own country and regained the momentum he needed to focus once again on F1.
Stallet har nyheten här, inklusive en bild av Lopez, Peter Windsor, och Argentinas president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner som var med under presentationen.