Marciello gets Sauber practice outing

By on Monday, March 23, 2015
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Sauber reserve driver Raffaele Marciello will make his Grand Prix weekend debut for the squad during the first practice session in Malaysia this weekend.

Marciello will replace Felipe Nasr for the opening 90 minute session and will become the first Italian to participate in a Grand Prix weekend since Jarno Trulli and Vitantonio Liuzzi both exited the sport after the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix.

"It will be exciting to drive the Sauber C34 for the first time," he 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.

"I will definitely enjoy the experience, and I am really looking forward to it. 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."

Nasr will return to the cockpit of the C34 for the second session, alongside regular driver Marcus Ericsson.

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