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Ferrari junior Marciello named Sauber reserve

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Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello has been named Sauber's test and reserve driver for the 2015 season.

Marciello, 20, made his test debut for Ferrari at Abu Dhabi at the end of November. He will remain at Racing Engineering for a second season of GP2, F1's feeder category, after finishing eighth in 2014.

The Italian says the role at Sauber is an important step in his career.

"I am really pleased to become a member of the Sauber F1 team, which has a long tradition of building up excellent drivers," said Marciello. "I really think that this is the best choice for my future career. I am also happy to compete for one more season in the GP2 Series, which, together with my new F1 role, will give me a very busy 2015 season."

Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn is excited by adding Marciello to Sauber's all-new line-up for 2015, which includes senior drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.

"He proved his great talent in junior formulas, and his season in the European Formula 3 Championship [in 2013] with 13 wins and the title victory was particularly impressive," Kaltenborn said. "We will give Raffaele the opportunity to become familiar with Formula One, which also includes him taking part in some free practice sessions on Fridays."

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