Test driver Fairuz Fauzy will get some track time at the wheel of the Lotus T127 this weekend in Bahrain.
"He will be testing," said team boss Tony Fernandes on Friday before departing Kuala Lumpur for the Middle East.
Malaysian Fauzy, 27, is the new Lotus team's test driver.
Race drivers Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen kicked off running at Sakhir on Friday morning.
Added Fernandes: "He (Fauzy) will be taking the car in the free practice. He has done an absolutely superb job."
He said Fauzy will also drive in practice in Australia and Malaysia, the forthcoming rounds of the world championship, and hinted that a race seat might be on the future's horizon.
"He is so determined and I think he would be a fantastic role model for all Malaysians. I hope we will be able to make his dream come true soon," said Fernandes.