Esteban Gutierrez has joined Ferrari as the team's test and reserve driver after leaving Sauber.

Sauber announced that Gutierrez and team-mate Adrian Sutil would be replaced by Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr in 2015, with Gutierrez himself saying he had opted against continuing negotiations. Now the Mexican has found himself a seat at Ferrari and says he can't wait to get down to work in his new role.

"It is an honour to become part of the Scuderia Ferrari family, a Team with such an exceptional history," Gutierrez said. "It is for me the beginning of a new path for my future and I'm going to do my utmost to contribute to the achievement of the targets set by the Scuderia.

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"I want to thank everybody for their belief in my potential; this will bring a great opportunity for me to develop further and get to the top in the near future. With all my passion and dedication, I'm now looking forward to the start of this new venture."

New team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said Gutierrez's experience with modern F1 cars would make him a strong asset for Ferrari.

"While confirming our full confidence in a formidable race driver pairing, made up of four times World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, a past champion with Ferrari, I am pleased to welcome Esteban Gutierrez," Arrivabene said. "We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to Esteban who, although young, has plenty of experience relating to the new generation of Formula 1 cars.

"I am sure that, with his experience, he will make an important contribution to the development work of the team in the simulator. Welcoming Esteban also means opening the gates of Ferrari to a driver from Mexico, a country where the Scuderia still has a lot of fans, just as was the case fifty years ago in the days of the Rodriguez brothers."

While racing for Marussia over the past two seasons, Jules Bianchi was Ferrari's reserve driver until his accident at the Japanese Grand Prix.