22 year old Brazilian Felipe Nasr has been announced as the second driver for the Sauber F1 team joining Marcus Ericsson.
Nasr has spent the 2014 season as the official test driver for Williams F1, and has had a relatively successful path through the various junior series including winning the British Formula Three Championship as the team mate of current McLaren driver Kevin Magnussen.
He’s spent two full years in GP2 with the DAMS and then Carlin Motorsports teams finishing 10th and 4th in 2012 and 2013 respectively. During the 2014 GP2 season, he’s continued to race for Carlin and won 4 races to lie 2nd in the driver’s championship behind former teammate Jolyon Palmer.
As mentioned in our previous article, driver sponsorship is seen as being hugely important for Sauber right now as they struggle with their finances, and it appears that Nasr brings a healthy pot of cash from the Banco do Brasil to replace the sponsorship from Telmex which is likely to pass over to Sergio Perez and the Sahara Force India team.