Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello has been confirmed as the new test and reserve driver for Sauber.
The Italian won the 2013 Euro F3 title and scored one win at Spa in his rookie GP2 season this year.
“He proved his great talent in junior formulas,” said Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn. “And his season in the European Formula 3 Championship with 13 wins and the title victory was particularly impressive. We will give Raffaele the opportunity to become familiar with Formula One, which also includes him taking part in some free practice sessions on Friday. It’s great for our team to be part of his way to Formula One.”
Marciello added: “I really think that this is the best choice for my future career. I am also happy to compete for one more season in the GP2 Series, which, together with my new F1 role, will give me a very busy 2015 season. I want to thank the Ferrari Driver Academy for giving me this important opportunity, and now I really can’t wait to start delivering my best.”