Marciello 'really looking forward' to Sauber outing
Sauber test and reserve driver Raffaele Marciello has been handed an outing in the C34 during the opening practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Italian driver, who is also a member of Ferrari's Driver Academy, is relishing the opportunity to get behind the wheel this weekend.
"It will be exciting to drive the Sauber C34-Ferrari for the first time," he said. "That will also be the same for the Italians, as we have not had an Italian driver in Formula 1 for quite a few years.
"I will definitely enjoy the experience, and I am really looking forward to it. I am confident I can do a good job as well as supporting the team in order to find a set-up for the car which suits the track.
"I have never been to Malaysia before, but I know the track quite well from the Ferrari simulator in Maranello, and I am sure I can get to learn it fast once I drive there."
Marciello, who will replace Felipe Nasr, expects the Malaysian weather will play a role in his outing and the entire weekend as thunderstorms are currently forecast.
"Another important aspect will be the weather, as the humidity, along with the temperatures, is quite high. From a driver's perspective it will be a challenge, but this is the same for everyone. Together with my trainer, I am getting well prepared for this weekend."