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Leimer confirmed for Sauber at Young Driver Test

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fabio Liemer won the GP2 sprint race at Barcelona this season © Sutton Images

Sauber has announced that it will be running GP2 driver Fabio Leimer on one of the days of the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.

The test runs for three days following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, and Leimer will get the opportunity to drive the C30 for one day, with official reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez doing the work for the other two. Leimer said that the opportunity was extra special being a Swiss driver.

"When I found out that I will definitely take part in the Formula One test I realised for the first time what this actually means," Leimer said. "Being a racing driver, of course, you always dream of Formula One. That this dream is now coming true is almost unbelievable.

"On top of that not many Swiss drivers have ever had the chance to test for the Sauber F1 Team. For this reason it is an even more special honour for me to be able to get my first laps in an F1 car under my belt as a Swiss for the Swiss team. I am very much looking forward to that challenge and want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made it possible."

Also confirmed to take part in the test so far are Jean-Eric Vergne for Red Bull, Jules Bianchi for Ferrari, Sam Bird for Mercedes, Mirko Bortolotti for Williams having won the F2 championshi and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs for Virgin.

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