Lotus Renault GP team boss Eric Boullier has hinted that Fairuz Fauzy could be given the chance to take part in an F1 race with the team having been named as test and reserve driver for the 2011 campaign.

The team named the Malaysian as the third driver on its team yesterday [Wednesday] after he left the Lotus Racing team over the winter, with the youngster set to work alongside race drivers Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov.

However, Boullier has now told The Star that Fauzy could get the chance to race for he team towards the end of the season if he proves himself in both his development role and in the 2011 GP2 campaign, with his role set to be evaluated on a yearly basis.

"He is being developed and trained for better things with us and is not going to be a passenger," he said. "He has potential and we need to work on him to make him mentally and physically ready for such sport."

Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin, group managing director of Proton Holdings, was also quick to point out that discussions with Fauzy had only started once his contract with the team now known as Team Lotus had come to an end.

"There was no pinching him before his contract expired or any other dealing prior to that," he said. "We are all professionals."

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