Raffaele Marciello is the new test and reserve driver of Sauber. 2015 promises to be a year full of events for the driver of Ferrari Driver Academy, who will continue his adventure in GP2 Series, in addition to the commitment to Formula 1 with the colors of the Swiss team.
It consolidates the axis between Maranello and Hinwil that next year can rely on Ferrari’s Power-Unit. “I am really happy for this announcements and I do my most sincere congratulations to Ferrari and Sauber for having reached this important collaboration through Marciello“, Gian Carlo Minardi says. “This announcement is the confirmation that the FDA program continues“. Just in the past weeks and following the announcement of Gutierrez, the manager from Faenza said on www.minardi.it that the next Ferrari driver would come from the ranks of Ferrari Driver Academy, stating: “…I would be easy to issue judgments against Ferrari Driver Academy. At this moment, FDA project will go on with Raffaele Marciello, Antonio Fuoco, Lance Stroll and Guan Yu Zhou. Esteban arrival doesn’t affect FDA work“.
“As ACI, I got to follow Raffaele since its first steps in this sport. After karts, he stood out in 2010, making his debut in Formula ACI-CSAI Abarth and then racing in Formula 3 Italia“. 2012 is the year of the debut in the Formula 3 European, then won in 2013.
“I’m really happy to be part of the Sauber F1 team, a team that from the beginning of its history has been able to grow talented drivers“, Marciello said after the announcement. “I think this is the best choice for my future. I am also very happy to play another season in GP2 Series, confident that this, together with my new role in Formula 1, will make my 2015 particularly challenging. I thank Ferrari Driver Academy for giving me this great opportunity; I can hardly wait to get to work and do my best“.
Raffaele Marciello had also taken part in the tests in Abu Dhabi at the wheel of the F14-T.