Kimiya Sato will serve as Sauber's reserve driver at next weekend's Japanese Grand Prix

Japanese driver Kimiya Sato has been appointed as the reserve driver for the Sauber team ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix at Suzuka, the Swiss team has announced.

The 24-year-old – who is no relation to former F1 driver Takuma Sato – had his Formula 1 test debut with the team during July’s ‘Young Drivers’ test, completing a full day behind the wheel of the C32 at Silverstone.

While Sato is unlikely to get behind the wheel of the car over the course of next weekend’s activities, his participation will generate plenty of interest among the local press and serve as a useful way of schmoozing the team’s Japanese sponsors, which include the NEC electronics group.

Following on from the Japanese race, Sato will have a straight-line test at Italy’s Vairano circuit on October 18.

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