Putrajaya will play host to the sounds of Formula 1 engines this weekend

Team Lotus has announced a ‘street race’ demonstration at Putrajaya, in Malaysia, as part of the build-up to next weekend’s twelfth Malaysian Grand Prix. The team also confirmed that its main drivers, Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli, will also be joined by young American driver Alexander Rossi at the event on Saturday.

The team will demonstrate its cars on a temporary street circuit in the country’s administrative capital – travelling past the Palace of Justice (pictured) – as part of an event jointly-endorsed by the Sepang International Circuit and Team Lotus’ major sponsor AirAsia.

VIP guests will include the Sepang circuit’s CEO Dato Ahmad Razlan Ahmad Razali, as well as several ministers of Malaysia’s government.

“This fantastic event is aimed at building the F1 excitement for the fans and to tell them the 2011 Formula One Malaysia Grand Prix is coming,” said Razali.

“It is also aimed at creating the excitement of F1 and for greater awareness on the sports; bringing fans closer to the race. We hope that it would create more interest among the motorsport fans, especially at the grassroots.

“This event is a special way by the team to introduce themselves to Malaysians and to create more awareness for this Malaysian-initiated team.”

Event organisers are confident that the Grand Prix could attract upwards of 100,000 visitors over the race weekend, with reports in the Malaysia Star newspaper claiming that almost all of the circuit’s grandstand seats have been sold.

[Image via Kay Bin]

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