Andretti to drive Renault F1 car at COTA opening

Mario Andretti will be reunited with the black and gold colours of Lotus when he drives the team’s 2010 Renault R30 at the opening ceremony at COTA this Sunday.

The R30, originally raced by Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov, is used by the team for demo runs.

Lotus says that Andretti will “formally cut the ribbon to open the track by driving the opening laps of the circuit, in what will be his first time behind the wheel of a contemporary Formula 1 car since he last competed in the sport in 1982.”

The car will also be driven by the team’s regular third driver Jerome D’Ambrosio, and by actor and sportscar racer Patrick Dempsey.

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5 responses to “Andretti to drive Renault F1 car at COTA opening

  1. Steve W

    30 years! This should be interesting…

  2. Anubha

    Ahh McDreamy !!

  3. Steve C

    I know Mario can drive it but will he Drive it. I t may have been 30 years but the skills are still there.

    CoTA is looking great and if you haven’t been by the Friends of Formula One Austin’s page to see for yourself, go there now. One awesome looking track. I wish I could go out to the track for the opening ceremony but since it’s closed to the general public I’ll just wait for the media coverage.

  4. Stone the crows

    It was better than Mario in the R30 it was Mario in the Lotus 79.

  5. As long as he gets its sideways!

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