Ferrari Academy driver Raffaele Marciello has joined Trident Racing for the upcoming GP2 series.

Team Principal Maurizio Salvadori has said it is a dream come true to create an all-Italian partnership and feels it is a positive step forward his nation's motorsport credentials.

"I can say I fulfilled one of the dreams I have been chasing for a long time: having an extraordinarily capable Italian racer like Raffaele in our GP2 Team," Salvadori said.

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"At the same time, I understand that the expectations on him and on the results for 2015 are very high, but I am sure that the technical staff of Trident Motorsport is ready to provide Marciello with a winning car, and everybody is determined to achieve the goals we have set."

"We will do our utmost in order to provide our contribution to Marciello's career, as he has the chance to finally bring the Italian banner back to the Formula 1 grids.

The 20-year-old won the 2013 European Formula 3 championship and has been selected as Sauber's third driver in F1 for the upcoming season. The young Italian already has experience in an F1 car, when he was given the chance to test drive Ferrari's 2014 car in Abu Dhabi last year.

"I am absolutely delighted to join Trident," Marciello said. "I have been able to feel their trust and interest straight away and I really appreciated their attention towards me and my driving style."

Marciello will begin his second season in GP2 after enjoying a productive year with Racing Engineering, finishing eighth in the drivers' standings, highlighted by a victory in the feature race at Spa.

"Given our strong mutual interests, I am sure we will be able to work in great harmony with the goal of achieving the best possible results," he added. "I know that there is a lot of work to do but, thanks to the support of Ferrari, we have what it takes to succeed."