Nasr signs with Sauber for 2015
Felipe Nasr will partner Marcus Ericsson at Sauber next year after the team opted to switch both drivers for 2015.
The announcement leaves Esteban Gutierrez and Adrain Sutil looking elsewhere next year, while Nasr makes the jump from GP2 where he is currently second in the standings. Nasr, who has taken part in Friday practice sessions for Williams this year, also brings funding from Banco do Brasil to secure the drive.
"We have been following Felipe's career path for some time now, and he fully deserves his position in Formula One having had a very successful career in junior categories," Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said. "We are happy that he will be driving for our team next year. This means that Brazil will have one more young and talented driver in the sport. Banco do Brasil has been an important partner for Felipe so far, and we are delighted that such a renowned company is contuing to support him during this important step. We look forward to this partnership."
Nasr added: "It is a very important step in my career to sign with the Sauber F1 Team for the 2015 Formula One World Championship. This is an unforgettable moment that I owe to all of those who have supported me - my family, my friends, my sponsors, my teams and my country. Today the dream has come true. Sauber was responsible for the arrival in F1 of great names such as Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel. I am proud now to also be part of this racing family. I had a wonderful year at Williams Martini, where I learned a lot and prepared myself to be a race driver in Formula One."