Jarno Trulli is sitting out the German Grand Prix as Team Lotus gives Karun Chandhok an opportunity to race the Italian regular's car.
Team boss Tony Fernandes said he wanted to give Indian reserve driver Chandhok, 27, his first opportunity to contest a Grand Prix since he was ousted by HRT a year ago.
The Malaysian businessman said Trulli, who has struggled to perform at the wheel of the T128 due to its existing power steering system, was "extremely accommodating" in stepping aside.
"I am delighted to confirm that we are in the process of negotiating an extension to his (Trulli's) contract with us and we are all looking forward to unveiling the details of that very soon," added Fernandes.
It is expected that Trulli, who will be at the Nurburgring this weekend, will return to the car in Hungary, where a new steering system will debut.