• Malaysian Grand Prix

Fauzy set for Friday Lotus drive in Sepang

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fairuz Fauzy will drive at his home grand prix © Sutton Images

Heikki Kovalainen will give up his Lotus T127 to local boy Fairuz Fauzy during the first practice session of the Malaysian Grand Prix, after losing out on a coin toss with Jarno Trulli.

Fauzy will fulfil a similar role in Sepang as Paul di Resta did at Force India in Australia, by getting some valuable track time during a race weekend. Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne proposed tossing a coin to decide whose place Fauzy would take during the morning session.

Trulli will be relieved he won the toss, after missing the start of Sunday's Australian Grand Prix with a late hydraulics issue.

"We'll work now to fix that for Malaysia and I'm looking forward to getting out there and seeing what we can do in Sepang," he said.