Raffaele Marciello says he enjoyed his first taste of the Sauber C34 as he became the first Italian since 2011 to drive an on an F1 race weekend at Sepang.

It has been four years since Italy featured a representative in F1 - the last being Jarno Trulli and Vitantonio Liuzzi - and though 2015 still doesn't have a full-time racer from the nation, Marciello's acquisition by Sauber as its test driver has put him in line for FP1 outings.

Backed by Ferrari's junior development programme, the FP1 outing marked Marciello's first time in the car and around the Sepang circuit, but he was still a respectable 13th fastest, six tenths slower than Marcus Ericsson.

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"I am really happy, I think I did a good job," he said. "It was the first time for me at this track and in the car, so it was not easy to get the confidence so fast, but I think overall we did a good job. We completed every test we had to do."

"I think I got to be quick quite fast. I only did 12 laps so overall I pushed for six laps. It is my first time in Malaysia so it was quite good."

Marciello, who will compete with Trident in the 2015 GP2 Series in 2015, is pleased to have been given a shot by the Sauber team and feels he is settling in well.

"I am really happy to be with this team, it is like a big family and I feel like I am inside of it. I am enjoying working with Sauber, they are giving me the time to work and not putting me under pressure for this test."

Marciello says he is likely to get another outing in the Sauber at the Circuit de Catalunya, either during FP1 or the post-race test.