Paul di Resta will drive for Force India during practice for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.
The Scottish driver, who beat Red Bull ace Sebastien Vettel to the Euro F3 crown early in his career, will replace the team's regular race driver Adrian Sutil for the first free practice session on Friday.
Di Resta, cousin of IRL champion Dario Franchitti, will take part in several test sessions during grand prix weekends this year, and said he hopes he will be able to do enough to earn a race seat in 2011.
"Hopefully I can show the team that I am capable of being in a race car at some point in the near future," he said.
"This year is about trying to gain the experience on the tracks so if a race drive should come up, then I am in the scenario without thinking of it too much.
Di Resta has raced in the DTM touring car series for the past three years, and believes that experience has given him the maturity and experience to cope with the pressures of F1.