Sauber confirms Nasr as Ericsson’s team-mate for 2015

Sauber has announced that GP2 racer Felipe Nasr will partner Marcus Ericsson at the team for 2015.

Nasr has carried out the role of test and reserve driver for the Williams team this season, while also racing in the GP2 series for Carlin, where he currently sits second in the standings with four wins.

The 22-year-old’s personal sponsor Banco do Brasil will join Sauber as a partner for 2015.

“It is a very important step in my career to sign with the Sauber F1 Team for the 2015 Formula One World Championship,” said Nasr. “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.”

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn added: “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.

“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 continuing to support him during this important step. We look forward to this partnership.”