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Lotus exit looms for Davide Valsecchi

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Davide Valsecchi will be looking for other options after he confirmed he is likely to be leaving the Lotus reserve driver position.

Valsecchi was furious when the team opted to sign Kovalainen to stand in for the injured Kimi Raikkonen for the final two rounds of last season after the Fin required back surgery.

Valsecchi told Autosprint: "I have a meeting with Lotus planned for the short term but after a 2013 season in which I travelled a lot but did not get on the track, I want to go back to wearing overalls and a helmet." 

Davide who went into 2013 on the back of a successful season in the F1 feeder series GP2 where he won the championship. He was looking for a full time race seat in F1 yet had to settle for a reserve role at Lotus.

He did drive for the team in pre season testing last year and then again during the summer at the young driver test midway through last season.

With Valsecchi wanting out of Lotus where do his options lie?

For starters he can forget about a GP2 as the rules state that a former champion is not allowed to come back to the series. With that said perhaps America could appeal to the 26-year-old Italian?

Indycar looks to be on the up especially with Juan Pablo Montoya returning to single seaters it could excited the Italian. If teams feel he isn't quite ready for Indycar yet maybe he could join Indy Lights the junior series for a year or two before progressing to the main series.

With the likes of British youngster Jack Harvey testing in the States and as well as Sam Bird who had a highly successful year on his GP2 return has an endurance racing programme in place could Europe lose another one of it's stars the bright lights of the USA? 

Due to the cost of getting into not just Formula One but other formulas within Europe, America could be the place to be for young drivers for years to come to apply their trade fine tune their racing and turn into American racing royalty. 


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