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Fairuz Fauzy to continue Lotus testing

Fairuz Fauzy
Fauzy set the 22nd fastest time in his previous test in Malaysia

Malaysian driver Fairuz Fauzy has been told he will take part in Friday practice for Lotus at four more races this season.

The 27-year-old contributed to pre-season tests for the Norfolk-based team and drove Heikki Kovalainen's car for first practice in Malaysia in April.

He said: "I really can't wait to see how far we've moved forward since I was last out on track.

"I'm very proud to have been given the chance to play another active role."

The former Formula Renault competitor will put Kovalainen's machine through its paces at two of Silverstone, Hungary, Singapore and the season-closing Abu Dhabi and will take over Jarno Trulli's chassis at the other two races.

"To start out at Silverstone is going to be very special indeed," he added.

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

Lotus chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne

"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."

Fauzy joined Lotus in December after the team announced its return to Formula One ahead of the current campaign, and chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne believes the Kuala Lumpur-born driver is a reliable asset.

He said: "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.

"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."

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