Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy will be Renault's reserve driver during the 2011 season, it was announced on Tuesday.
Fauzy participated in Friday practice for the Malaysian, British, German, Singapore and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix in his role as reserve driver at Lotus during the 2010 season.
He was released by the team at the end of the year, despite having a five-year contract, and has now joined Renault for this season.
"I would like to thank Lotus Renault for giving me this opportunity and to be part of this team," said Fauzy.
"It is a great team. I will try my best to hopefully be in a race seat one day."
The team said the Malaysian will also be competing in the GP2 series this year with the Super Nova squad.