It will be the fifth practice outing for the Chinese driver, who had already driven for the HRT team in Italy, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and USA last year, but his debut in the Caterham F1 car.
Ma will become the first Chinese driver to take part in his home grand prix weekend when he replaces Charles Pic for the session.
The 25-year-old is currently competing with Caterham in GP2. He finished in 21st position in the opening race of the season in Malaysia before withdrawing from the event due to illness.
AUTOSPORT understands that Caterham protege Alexander Rossi will be in Friday action for the team in Bahrain next weekend.
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