GP2 Champion Fabio Leimer will get to test a 2012 Lotus F1 car at Paul Ricard next week, it has been announced.

The test is part of his prize for winning last year's support category and has been made possible by Pirelli.

It will take place on Tuesday 27 May with Lotus F1 race driver Pastor Maldonado and Lotus reserve driver Nicolas Prost on hand to offer advice. Lotus F1 deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi will also be present, along with Pirelli's racing manager Mario Isola.

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"We're delighted that Fabio will get the chance to drive a Formula One car as part of his prize for winning GP2, underlining our commitment to do everything we can to help our GP2 drivers reach the top," said Isola.

"He'll have the opportunity to test for 300 kilometres on the 3.8-kilometre track configuration, so it's going to be a memorable experience for everybody present.

"Fabio will be able to sample our demo tyres, in different compounds and with different fuel loads, so it will be interesting to hear his feedback about how they compare to the GP2 tyres he used to win the title."

Leimer, who is competing in sportscars this season, racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Rebellion, has tested an F1 car before, running with Sauber back in 2011 at the Abu Dhabi Young Driver test. He finished up ninth on the combined times (out of 25 drivers). His best lap was a 1min 42.331secs, while the top time set by Jean-Eric Vergne in the Red Bull was a 1min 38.917secs.