Brazilian driver Felipe Nasr, and his long-time sponsor Banco do Brasil, have joined the Williams F1 Team, it has been announced.
The GP2 Series frontrunner will serve as the team’s reserve driver for the 2014 Formula 1 season while also racing in the GP2 Series.
The 22-year-old has a solid motorsport pedigree, winning the 2009 Formula BMW Europe Championship and the 2011 British Formula 3 Championship before graduating to the GP2 Series.
His two seasons in F1’s feeder category – one apiece with DAMS and Carlin – have netted him ten podium finishes to-date, and he will remain in the championship for a third season.
His signing with Williams will also see him take part in three test sessions and five Friday practice outings for the team over the course of the year, as well as a substantial amount of work behind the scenes in the team’s F1 simulator to support the development of the FW36.
“I’m really happy to be joining the Williams family,” Nasr is quoted as saying in a team media release.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to make the next step in my career and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car for the first time in Bahrain.”
The arrival of Nasr’s long-time backer – Banco do Brasil – followed as its own media release just minutes later.
The company’s logos will appear on the FW36’s engine cover, as well as drivers’ overalls and team uniforms.
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