Following the lead set by BMW Sauber's Sebastien Vettel, Fairuz Fauzy looks set to combine Formula One testing duties with a race ride in the World Series by Renault in 2007.
The team confirmed the deal via its website, with the Malaysian lining up alongside fellow World Series rookie Pippa Mann at the rechristened Cram CH2 operation. Fauzy was recently announced among the testing strength for Spyker F1, and should be unveiled in team colours at its launch today [5 February].
A two-year veteran of the GP2 Series, Fauzy's WS deal would allow him to carry out Friday testing duties with Spyker should the team wish to use him - and the Malaysian Grand Prix seems to be an ideal opportunity to blood the rookie - while allowing him to keep his hand in competitively. Although he failed to score points in either GP2 campaign, with DAMS and Super Nova, the Malaysian has starred on occasion for his national A1 Grand Prix team and should be a threat for points in WSbR.
Cram will continue to fly the flag for Italy, but will switch its base to the UK, where it will be managed by Roly Vincini, the man behind Alx Danielsson's title success at Comtec last season. Mann confirmed her deal to graduate from the FRenault Eurocup ten days ago, and will become the first woman to drive in the World Series.