Marciello gets Sauber run in Friday Practice

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Raffaele Marciello will get a shot at driving a Sauber during Friday’s free practice session in Malaysia this weekend. Part of Ferrari’s young driver program, Marciello will drive a F1 car for the first time since his debut during last year’s testing session in Abu Dhabi.

“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.

“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.”

The young Italian will pilot Felipe Nasr’s C34 Sauber on Friday along with Marcus Ericsson at the Sepang circuit.

Marciello won the Formula 3 European Championship in 2013 but struggled to equal that with an 8th place finish in GP2 last year for the Racing Engineering team. He is set to participate with the Trident team in 2015. I’ll be honest, it would be great to see an Italian driver back on the grid…haven’t had that since Trulli and Fisichella.

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Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT

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Tom Firth

Good, I like Lello alot, and it will help pay for those Ferrari engines having him in the car on a few fridays.

Andreas

Must… resist… making a joke about how dangerous it is to put a driver in the car at such short notice…

That said, I’m always glad to see young talented drivers having a spin. The days of the teams bringing the car to some windy track on a wednesday to let a promising F3 driver have a go are long gone, so any seat time the young drivers can get is good.

yoshif8tures

Ironic that it’s the very same team that made that argument in the first place.

Jason Carter

What about safety?! How can he drive and not put every other driver in danger since he is driving a car tested by other drivers?!

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