• Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Heikki Kovalainen to sit out Friday practice

ESPNF1 Staff
November 10, 2010 « Jean-Eric Vergne to test for Toro Rosso | »

Heikki Kovalainen will sit out this weekend's initial Friday practice session in Abu Dhabi.

He will defer to Malaysian team Lotus Racing's Kuala Lumpur-born test driver Fairuz Fauzy, who has had a similar role at a few other grands prix this season. "The real challenge for me is to try and push on what will be a very green track," Fauzy said.

Kovalainen is set to re-sign with the team for 2011, after recently staying with team boss Tony Fernandes in Malaysia and even buying $150,000 in shares of his AirAsia airline.

He said the Abu Dhabi finale would be one final fling before "focusing entirely on next year".

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