Motorsport: Adderly Fong becomes HK’s first F1 development driver
- Updated: March 24, 2015
March 24, 2015: Adderly Fong Cheun-yue is set to become the first F1 development driver from Hong Kong when he was announced as part of the Lotus F1 Team for the 2015 season.
The latest step in Fong’s career followed his Formula 1 test debut with Sauber in Valencia last October and his F1 practice debut for the Swiss team at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix a month later.
“This is a great opportunity to further my racing career, so I can’t wait to get underway in my new role at Lotus F1 Team,” said Fong, who turned 25 earlier this month.
“I’ll be able to learn how an F1 team operates during race weekends as an integral part of the team, and these invaluable experiences are going to lay the foundations of my future development as an F1 driver. I am happy, but I am not going to get carried away, for this is only the first of many steps, hopefully.”
Fong, who was born in Canada, will work with the team at Grands Prix and at the team’s base in Enstone, England, and also undergo a driver development programme.
Matthew Carter, CEO of the Lotus F1 Team, said: “It’s great to have Adderly join the team. Not only will he be able to both learn from our engineers and race drivers but he will also contribute to the team’s simulator work for enhancing and improving the E23 Hybrid through the course of the season.
“We are committed to moving back up the competitive order and Adderly’s work behind the scenes will be invaluable in assisting us to achieve this.”
Fernando Alonso became a double world champion in 2005 and 2006 with the British team, when it was known as Renault F1, while German legend Michael Schumacher won two of his record seven world titles with the team in 1994 and 1995, when it was known as Benetton Formula.
Although Fong aims to earn Friday practice chances with the team later this year, he revealed that his ultimate ambition is to race in F1. French Romain Grosjean and Venezuela driver Pastor Maldonado will again drive for Lotus this year.
“With F1 as the pinnacle of motorsports, I aim to become the first Chinese driver ever to compete in a Formula 1 Grand Prix, which will assist to promote the sport in China and also Hong Kong,” Fong said.
Fong will combine his Lotus F1 Team duties with competing in the GT Asia and GP3 Series seasons, with the latter one of the support races to F1.
Fong, the 2013 Audi R8 LMS Cup overall champion, will drive for Finnish team Koiranen in his first full GP3 season, having previously competed occasionally in both 2013 and 2014.
“There are only nine rounds during the season (each with two races), so obviously I will be going after the points and the title.”
Source: Passion Marketing on behalf of Adderly Fong