Ferrari protégé Raffaele Marciello will make his Sauber debut this weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix competing in the first practice session in Felipe Nasr’s place.

The 20-year-old Italian isn’t a stranger to a Formula 1 car, having competed in the post-season Abu Dhabi test with Ferrari and setting the second fastest time of the session behind Pascal Wehrlein in the Mercedes.

“It will be exciting to drive the C34 for the first time,” Marciello said.

“That will also be the same for the Italians, as we have not had an Italian driver in Formula 1 for quite a few years.

Marciello

Marciello signed with Sauber at the end of 2014

“I am confident I can do a good job as well as supporting the team in order to find a set-up for the car which suits the

track.

“I have never been to Malaysia before, but I know the track quite well from the Ferrari simulator in Maranello, and I am sure I can get to learn it fast once I drive there.”

Marciello has been a part of Ferrari’s young driver academy since 2010, a program which has nurtured talents such as Sergio Perez and Jules Bianchi.

Currently, Marciello is competing in the GP2 series where he finished eighth last year with one win and three podiums. Previously he won the FIA European Formula 3 Championship ahead of Felix Rosenqvist and current GP2 driver Alex Lynn.

 

Images via GP2 Media & Sauber F1 Team

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