Fairuz Fauzy will drive at the British Grand Prix this weekend for Lotus, after the Norfolk-based outfit confirmed today that he will drive in Friday free practice 1 at four more races this season.
Fauzy, who helped out during pre-season testing and who made an 'excellent contribution' when he took in FP1 at the Malaysian Grand Prix in April, will also get behind the wheel of the T127 in Hungary, Singapore and at the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
"First I want to thank Lotus for the chance to get back in the car," said Fauzy. "I really can't wait to see how far we've moved forward since I was last out on track, and I'm very proud to have been given the chance to play another active role in our continuing development.
"I did the shakedown of chassis 04 at Snetterton a couple of weeks ago, but obviously couldn't really push there, so it'll be great to get back out and add whatever I can to help the team keep moving towards the midfield.
"To start out at Silverstone is going to be very special indeed – I live literally a few metres from the track, so I'll have a lot of friends, family and fans there to cheer me and the whole team on, and it'll be great to be among the first F1 cars to try out the new section.
"I'm also really looking forward to the other three races, particularly Singapore as there is a unique challenge to racing under the lights, but also because there will be a lot of fans there from Malaysia and Singapore, and it'll be great to put on a good show for them.”
Lotus Racing team boss, Tony Fernandes and chief technical officer, Mike Gascoyne meanwhile both have faith in the 2009 World Series by Renault vice-champion.
"Every time Fairuz has been out on track for us he's done a great job, and taking part in four more races is a just reward for the contribution he's already made to the establishment and growth of our team," said Gascoyne. "It's another chance for us to learn more about how to get the most out of him in the car, as well as providing us with another invaluable viewpoint on the characteristics of our car."
Fernandes added: "I'm absolutely delighted Fairuz will back in the hot seat at four more races – he's done an excellent job for us whenever he's been out on track, and his enthusiasm and input throughout race weekends, whether he's in or out of the car, has made him a real asset to the whole team.
"But for me it's not just about the fact he'll be taking part in those Friday sessions – it's also important to see that Fairuz is proving that hard work, perseverance and dedication can make dreams come true, whoever you are, and wherever you are in the world."