Fairuz Fauzy says he is honoured to have secured a slot with the new Lotus F1 team after confirmation that he will act as test and reserve driver for the Malaysian-owned team in 2010.

Fauzy, who competed for Malaysia in the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, was linked to a role with the team as soon as news broke that it had secured an entry into the sport although talk of a race seat was played down by team bosses.

With the team opting for experience in the shape of Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen, Fauzy will now take up the test driver role with the team and he said he was thrilled to have secured the position and was keen to work with his new team-mates to help the team progress.

"There is no greater honour than having the chance to drive for your country," he said. "I was given the opportunity to do that for A1 Team Malaysia in A1GP for a couple of years, but to have the chance to join Malaysia's first fully fledged Formula 1 team is very special for me and the highlight of my career so far.

"I look forward to working closely with Jarno and Heikki on developing the car and the team in our first season together in Formula 1. I am sure we can do Malaysia as a nation proud, as well as upholding the tradition of such a legendary F1 name such as Lotus. Furthermore I look forward to developing as a driver in Formula 1 with the team in the future."

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