The Manor Marussia F1 team has signed Fabio Leimer as a reserve driver for the remainder of the 2015 season.

The 26-year old won the 2013 GP2 Series title but found F1 opportunities hard to come by, instead reverting to sportscar racing, latterly with the Rebellion team. The Swiss ace, who claimed his crown with Racing Engineering, is also a former Formula Master series champion, having previously competed in both Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula BMW ADAC.

"We're delighted to welcome Fabio to our team," team principal John Booth said, "We always keep a close eye on drivers competing in the feeder series and their potential for making the step up to F1. Fabio has been on that radar for a number of years, so we're pleased to give him the opportunity to progress as he is a very talented driver and certainly deserving of this opportunity."

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Leimer will join the team at selected races, working closely with the drivers and engineers to aid the team's development programme and will remain on standby to deputise for either of the team's regular race drivers, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi, in the event that they are unable to take part in race weekend activities.
To prepare him for any eventuality, the team will be providing Leimer with the opportunity to drive the MR03B in selected Friday practice sessions during the remainder of the season.

"I'm thrilled to be provided with this opportunity and I'd like to thank the Manor Marussia F1 Team for the faith they have shown in my ability," Leimer commented, "In particular, I'm very excited to have the chance to drive the car in selected FP1s, but I am also looking forward to spending a lot of time trackside with the team, contributing my observations and experience in engineering situations and also learning about the team and an F1 operation. It's a huge step for me and I can't wait to get started and hopefully reward the team's confidence in me."