GP2 Series champion Jolyon Palmer will make his F1 race weekend debut at the Chinese Grand Prix with an FP1 run for Lotus at the Shanghai International Circuit.

The Englishman was signed as Lotus' test and reserve driver following his title-winning success in the feeder series last year and received a run in the E23 during pre-season testing in Spain.

For China, Palmer will drive the car again during FP1 and will continue to assist in technical briefings with race drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado.

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"I am really pleased that I will be back in the car for practice in China. It will be my first Formula One session on a Grand Prix weekend and I'm really looking forward to it. I've never raced on the Shanghai circuit before so there is plenty of homework to do but I will make sure that I'm fully prepared for it. The focus is now on Malaysia and helping the team achieve a good result in the Grand Prix on Sunday."

"We are looking forward to having Jolyon in the E23 Hybrid for the first practice session in China," added Lotus CEO Matthew Carter. "He did a great job at the pre-season test in Barcelona, offering good technical feedback and showing strong pace throughout the day. Driving in FP1 in Shanghai will help both his progress as a driver and the team's development programme with the car and we are sure he will put in an impressive performance."