Ferrari academy driver Raffaele Marciello is set to drive for Sauber in free practice one for the Spanish Grand Prix and in the mid-season test in Barcelona.

The Sauber reserve driver is preparing for a hectic weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya as he will also contest the second round of the GP2 Series.

Marciello made his Formula 1 debut in FP1 in Malaysia and has been handed two more opportunities in the Sauber C34 in FP1 and the final day of the mid-season test, which is will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday after the Spanish Grand Prix.

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"Overall, it will be a busy weekend for me," Marciello said. "I am really looking forward to it. I enjoy driving on this track, as it consists of fast as well as slow-speed corners. It is important being consistent over a lap, because if you push too much in the first sector, which has some fast corners, the last sector with slow-speed corners could be challenging as the tyres could overheat.

"My favorite part of the track is the left-right-right combination, turns seven, eight and nine in sector two, which is quite fast. In general I like high-speed corners, and also turn three is nice to drive.

"After the race weekend, I will have the opportunity to drive the Sauber C34-Ferrari on the second day of in-season testing in Barcelona. I am looking forward to testing the car for one whole day during which I am able to collect some mileage."