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Fauzy may get race drive in 2010

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fairuz Fauzy in action during free practice 1 © Sutton Images
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Local boy Fairuz Fauzy said it was a "great experience" to get his first taste of driving a Formula One car during a grand prix weekend after the first session of free practice at Sepang on Friday.

"It went well, I had a great experience," Fauzy told the BBC. "It was a very special experience for me but at the end of the session I had a problem and couldn't go quicker."

Driving Heikki Kovalainen's Lotus, the Malaysian set the 22nd time of the session with a best lap time of 1:40.721, 1.3 seconds down on team-mate Jarno Trulli.

Afterwards, Fauzy mentioned that Lotus F1 Team Principal Tony Fernandes may even place him in the car for a Grand Prix this season.

"Tony mentioned that I might be driving in one of the races this year so we'll see how it goes - I think it would be great," said Fauzy.

It was not Fauzy's first taste of the Sepang circuit, the Malaysian having driven there in A1GP and in GP2 Asia.