Hewlett-Packard join the team for 2009
Renault today announced that 23-year-old Briton Adam Khan will join the team in the role of demonstration driver in 2009. Fernando Alonso
, Nelson Piquet and Romain Grosjean joined key personnel at l’Atelier Renault on the Champs Elysees
in Paris to officially present the new car to the team’s partners and announce Khan as the team’s demonstration driver.
The young driver of Asian descent will demonstrate the Renault F1 R28 at both city demonstrations and circuit presentations for World Series by Renault events having previously raced with Team Pakistan in the A1GP series.
“We are pleased to welcome Adam into the ING Renault F1 Team as our demonstration driver,” commented Managing Director Flavio Briatore. “Our demonstration programme gives young talent the chance to work closely with the team and to showcase their skills behind the wheel of our Grand Prix cars. Adam now has the chance to demonstrate the talent he has shown throughout his career and to gain valuable experience working at the pinnacle of the sport.”
“It’s an honour for me and I really can’t wait to get started,” said Khan. “I have enjoyed a really warm welcome into the team and everyone has been friendly and helpful.
It will be awesome to showcase the R28 on the streets of some of the world’s greatest cities and to allow the public to witness the power and speed of an F1 car. The opportunity in itself encompasses a huge array of things and is fantastic preparation for the future, which I hope with hard work and commitment, as well as enjoyment, will be a bright one.”
Khan will make his debut for the team when the Roadshow programme kicks off in the Middle East in the early part of 2009.
The team also announced the beginning of a technical partnership with Hewlett-Packard. “We are very pleased to have HP reinforce our portfolio of technical partners," said Briatore. "The importance of IT in Formula One is well known and we strive to ensure our needs in this area are covered by the most prestigious and reliable companies in the world.”