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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