Ferrari junior driver Raffaele Marciello is bracing himself for a very busy 2015 season that will see him balance a full GP2 campaign with a reserve role at Sauber F1 Team.
However, the Italian youngster is pleased to have secured a position with the Swiss team for 2015, giving him the chance to get behind the wheel of an F1 car and test his pace in practice at a number of grands prix this year.
“I am really pleased to be a member of the Sauber F1 Team, which has a long tradition of building up excellent drivers,” Marciello said. “I really think that this is the best choice for my future career.”
Last week, Marciello confirmed that he would be moving from Racing Engineering to Trident in the GP2 Series as he goes in search of the title in his sophomore year.
“I am also happy to compete for one more season in the GP2 Series, which, together with my new F1 role, will give me a very busy 2015 season,” he said. “I want to thank the people at the Ferrari Driver Academy who are responsible for giving me this important opportunity, and now I really can’t wait to start delivering my best.”
Marciello is widely tipped as being one of the brightest talents on the cusp of F1. The Italian driver claimed an incredible win at Spa-Francorchamps last year following a race-long battle with McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne, but inconsistency meant that he could only finish eighth in the final standings.
Should he enjoy a successful year in GP2, Ferrari may be inclined to farm Marciello out to another F1 team for the 2016 season, with Sauber or the soon-to-arrive Haas F1 Team – who will be powered by Ferrari – the probable choices.