Fong to drive in FP1 session for Sauber
Chinese driver Adderly Fong will drive for Sauber during the first practice session at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday.
Fong has driven in a wide range of single-seater series from A1GP to IndyLights and more recently GP3 for the first eight rounds of this season. He was the champion of the Audi R8 LMS Cup in 2013, but has not enjoyed the same success in single-seat series.
He tested a two-year-old Sauber last month in Valencia in order to get the necessary licence to take part in a Friday practice session.
"I am very excited about my Formula One debut in Abu Dhabi, but also at the same time a little bit nervous," he said. "Last month I drove the Sauber C31 for the first time in Valencia, and it was good to get the mileage to be able to familiarise myself with the speed of a Formula One car.
"Obviously the C33 is a bit different, as it is a new generation car with a 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engine. It will be interesting to see how the ERS and the brake-by-wire systems work. As I will have only 90 minutes in FP1, I will not have a lot of time to get used to the car. However, being able to drive during a Formula One weekend is a great privilege, and I am very happy to have the opportunity. It is good that I already know the track as at the same time here last year I did a GP3 race."