Sauber reserve driver Raffaele Marciello will get his second outing with the team this weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix, replacing Marcus Ericsson in FP1.

Marciello, who juggles his reserve driver duties while contesting the GP2 championship, made his first appearance for Sauber at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Following this weekend’s race in Barcelona, Marciello will drive on the final day of the mid-season test, which will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Overall, it will be a busy weekend for me,” Marciello said. “Besides my duties in the GP2 Series, I will be back in the Sauber C34-Ferrari on Friday for FP1. I am really looking forward to it. I enjoy driving on this track, as it consists of fast as well as slow-speed corners. It is important being consistent over a lap, because if you push too much in the first sector, which has some fast corners, the last sector with slow-speed corners could be challenging as the tyres could overheat.

“My favorite part of the track is the left-right-right combination, turns seven, eight and nine in sector two, which is quite fast. In general I like high-speed corners, and also turn three is nice to drive.

“After the race weekend, I will have the opportunity to drive the Sauber C34-Ferrari on the second day of in-season testing in Barcelona. I am looking forward to testing the car for one whole day during which I am able to collect some mileage.”

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