The Grand Prix Demonstration event will take place on the streets of Putrajaya and was organized by Team Lotus in collaboration with the Sepang International Circuit, as well as AirAsia, the low-cost airline company owned by Team Lotus' boss Tony Fernandes.
Apart from providing the crowd with a short preview of what's to come less than a week later, the event is aimed at “introducing Malaysian youth and public to F1". The Malaysian fans of F1 will be able to watch Team Lotus' drivers Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen drive an F1 single-seater in the Dataran Putrajaya are in Precinct 3, Putrajaya, between 10 AM and 4 PM.
“As well as the demonstration laps and doughnuts by the Formula 1 car and a meet the fans session with Heikki and Jarno, there will be pocket bike, powerboard, stunt and drift demos, plus passenger rides and a Malaysian Super Series car parade,” announced a press release from Fernandes' team.
Needless to say, all members of the Team Lotus outfit will be available for photograph sessions during the demo event.
F1 demonstration events have usually been held by teams like Renault F1 or Red Bull Racing in recent years – the last was backed by Red Bull in Melbourne, a week before the 2011 season opener – and are aimed either at bringing F1 action to countries which cannot afford an F1 event or aren't part of Formula 1's calendar, or at promoting an upcoming Grand Prix.