Lotus F1 has revealed a strong driver pairing of Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen for its debut season in 2010.
Trulli joins the team from Toyota, having lost his seat when the team pulled out of Formula One, while Kovalainen joins from McLaren, where he has been replaced by Jenson Button.
Lotus team principal Tony Fernandes said the two drivers would bring experience as well as exuberance to the team next year as it aims to become the strongest of F1’s four new entries by beating Campos, USF1 and Manor.
“Trulli will bring us a lot of experience to develop the team,” he said. “Heikki is a young driver with a lot of experience so I think we have fantastic drivers. It is a wonderful mix of experience, youth and passion.
"We are not setting any big targets, but we want to at least be the best of the new teams. But I think it shows our seriousness today by announcing two really world-class drivers."
Trulli said he was particularly looking forward to working again with technical director Mike Gascoyne, having worked with the experienced Briton in spells at Renault and Toyota.