26 year old Leimer, from Rothrist in Switzerland, joined the team as an Official Reserve Driver last month, ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix. In addition to working closely with the drivers and engineers at races, his participation in an FP1 session was a scheduled step in his 'induction', in order that he is fully acquainted with the MR03B and able to deputise in the event that a race driver is unable to compete.
John Booth, Team Principal, commented: "Running Fabio in a Free Practice 1 session is a planned opportunity that we have all been working towards for some time. We have enjoyed welcoming him into the team over the past few races and it will be interesting to gain his feedback on the car and assess his performance."
Fabio Leimer said: "On this most difficult of weekends for the team, I am very appreciative of their decision to continue with my planned FP1 session. I'm looking forward to the opportunity and I hope I can make a positive contribution to the engineering programme for the weekend."
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing