Ferrari young driver Raffaele Marciello has been named reserve and test driver for the Sauber F1 Team in 2015.

Marciello only drove an F1 car for the first time in the post-season test in Abu Dhabi, spending one day in the Ferrari in November. That test came after the 20-year-old completed his debut GP2 season in 2014 and his new role at Sauber will be combined with another year racing in GP2 for Racing Engineering.

With one of Ferrari's current test drivers - Esteban Gutierrez - having come through the ranks at Sauber to race for two years, Marciello said he was pleased to be joining a team which gives young drivers opportunities.

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"I am really pleased to become a member of the Sauber F1 Team, which has a long term tradition in building up excellent drivers," Marciello said. "I really think that this is the best choice for the future of my career.

"I am also happy to compete one more season in the GP2 Series, that together with my new F1 role, will give me a very busy 2015 season. I want to thank the Ferrari Driver Academy for giving me this important opportunity, and now I really can't wait to start delivering my best."

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said Marciello would make his Friday practice debut as part of the role.

"We are pleased to announce Raffaele Marciello as our test and reserve driver for the 2015 season," Marciello said. "He proved his great talent in junior formulas, and his season in the European Formula 3 Championship with 13 wins and the title victory was particularly impressive.

"We will give Raffaele the opportunity to become familiar with Formula One, which also includes him taking part in some free practice sessions on Friday. It's great for our team to be part of his way to Formula One."

Sauber's 2015 driver line-up consists of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, and the team will continue to be powered by Ferrari next season.