Fairuz Fauzy will make his debut in a grand prix weekend this weekend in Malaysia after Lotus confirmed that he will take part in the opening practice session on Friday.

The Lotus reserve driver will take the place of Heikki Kovalainen for the opening session of the weekend before the Finn gets back behind the wheel for the second session.

It makes Lotus the second team to utilise the services of a reserve driver on a race weekend this season after Force India gave Paul di Resta the chance to drive in first free practice in Australia.

"First of all I'm very pleased to be back home, and I'm very happy to have been given the opportunity to drive on Friday," Fauzy said. "It'll be a good chance to test the track and the driving conditions, and I feel very happy to be back in F1 driving for Lotus Racing in my home country of Malaysia after my last run in Barcelona.

"The car is much improved from the past two races and I hope we can continue the good development."

Team principal Tony Fernandes admitted it was a dream to be preparing for Lotus' first home race only a matter of months after an entry for 2010 was secured.

"It's difficult to put into words just how happy I am to see Lotus Racing in Malaysia, and to see the reaction of the fans to our arrival here," he said. "It proves to me that I'm right about chasing your dreams.

"Just over six months ago I said we'd be here, and quite a few very experienced, very clever people said it couldn't be done - you couldn't build an F1 team from scratch, literally from just an entry, to not just racing, but racing professionally, like we've been here for many years, in just six months, but we've done it and we're here. I'm so proud - not just of everyone in the team for the hard work they've put in since September and continue to do so every day, but also of every single one of our fans around the world, and particularly here in Malaysia, my home and one of the homes of Lotus Racing.

"We are British and Malaysian, united, and I want Lotus Racing to be accessible to anyone, anywhere, globally. We're here to show you that if you want to achieve amazing things you can. We're living the dream right now and I'm just really pleased that everyone in Malaysia can join us in doing so."

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