Sauber driver Felipe Nasr feels ready to face the challenges that his rookie season in Formula 1 will pose as he prepares to make his debut at the Australian Grand Prix in six weeks’ time.
After an impressive junior career, Nasr joined Williams as a reserve driver for the 2014 season, balancing his commitments with a full year in GP2 that saw him finish third in the championship.
His efforts were enough to secure a full-time seat with Sauber for 2015, and the Brazilian driver will now make his debut in Melbourne on March 15th.
Although a rookie season in F1 will see him face many new challenges, Nasr feels that he is up to the task and can help Sauber’s bid to return to the points in 2015.
“In my rookie season there is a lot to learn, and especially as I have not yet driven on some circuits yet,” Nasr said. “In general, I am ready to take on this challenge.
“In my role as test and reserve driver for Williams last year, I was involved in every race weekend. Furthermore, I also had the chance to drive the car a few times, so I think I have a certain understanding of Formula 1.
“Now I am taking the next step in being a race driver, and I am looking forward to bringing my experience from 2014 as well as to supporting the Sauber F1 Team in getting back into the points.”
Nasr’s arrival at Sauber has also aided the team’s financial uncertainty, with his main backer Banco do Brasil featuring heavily on the new car that was revealed today.