Lotus to confirm Trulli and Kovalainen, not Sato

At noon Malaysian time on Monday, Lotus looks set to announce that Jarno Trulli has been signed for the 2010 season. Citing a person with apparent knowledge of the three-year deal, the Associated Press said the Italian's contract will have an ...

At noon Malaysian time on Monday, Lotus looks set to announce that Jarno Trulli has been signed for the 2010 season.

Citing a person with apparent knowledge of the three-year deal, the Associated Press said the Italian's contract will have an option to leave the team at the end of each season.

Reuters mentioned Heikki Kovalainen as a likely teammate for the 35-year-old former Renault and Toyota driver, after Takuma Sato's manager Matthew Winter said the Japanese is out of the running.

"We know Taku has not got Lotus -- we found out yesterday," he said.

Kuala Lumpur-born Fairuz Fauzy will almost certainly be named as the reserve driver.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Heikki Kovalainen , Fairuz Fauzy