Lotus Racing has terminated its contract with its Malaysian test and reserve driver Fairuz Fauzy, who has declared his intention to return to competitive racing in 2011.
The 28-year-old completed two days’ pre-season testing with the squad, in addition to running in the opening Friday practice sessions at the Malaysian, British, German, Singapore and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix.
A statement from his management team confirmed that the Kuala Lumpur born driver had been released from his contract.
“Lotus Racing prematurely released Fairuz from what was supposed to be a five-year contract, a move some may see as a detriment to the team after the insight, experience and exposure Fairuz has gained over the last 12 months with Lotus Racing,” the statement reads.
One might not be exactly sure what “detriment” the team might feel by his absence, given that he wound up considerably slowest of all runners in the majority of those sessions in which he participated.
The statement also added that Fauzy had received approaches from other teams in Formula 1, and that he intended to combine one of these offers with a full-time race role in another championship series.
[Original image via LAT]