Raffaele Marciello named Sauber test and reserve driver

Raffaele Marciello
Raffaele Marciello won 13 races on his way to the 2013 European F3 championship

Italian Raffaele Marciello has been named Sauber's test and reserve driver for next season.

The 20-year-old won the European F3 championship last year and is a member of Ferrari's driver academy.

"We will give Raffaele the opportunity to become familiar with Formula 1, which also includes him taking part in some free practice sessions," said team boss Monisha Kaltenborn.

Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr will be Sauber's race drivers in 2014.

Marciello, who will race in Formula 1's feeder series GP2 next year alongside his Sauber duties, got his first taste of a Formula 1 car last month, when he tested with Ferrari in Abu Dhabi.

"I really think that this is the best choice for my future career," said Marciello, who started his racing career in karting in 2005.

Raffaele Marciello
Raffaele Marciello tested a Formula 1 car for the first time last month when he got behind the wheel of a Ferrari in Abu Dhabi

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