Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada. Saturday 7 June 2014. Felipe Nasr, Test and Reserve Driver, Williams F1. World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _W2Q5766

Η Sauber επέλεξε να αλλάξει και τους δύο οδηγούς της για το 2015. Ο Felipe Nasr, ο οποίος ήταν μέχρι στιγμής τρίτος οδηγός της Williams, θα βρίσκεται την επόμενη χρονιά στο πλευρό του Marcus Ericsson. Εκτός από τη Williams, οι υποχρεώσεις του 22-χρονου για το 2014 περιελάμβαναν και το πρωτάθλημα GP2, στο οποίο ο Βραζιλιάνος κατέχει αυτή τη στιγμή τη δεύτερη θέση με 4 νίκες. Η Πρόεδρος της ομάδας, Monisha Kaltenborn, δήλωσε:

Παρακολουθούμε εδώ και καιρό την καριέρα του Felipe και πιστεύουμε πως αξίζει μια θέση στη Formula 1, έχοντας αποδείξει την αξία του στα μικρότερα πρωταθλήματα. Είμαστε πολύ χαρούμενοι που θα οδηγεί για την ομάδα μας την επόμενη χρονιά. Αυτό σημαίνει πως η Βραζιλία θα έχει έναν ακόμη νέο και ταλαντούχο οδηγό στο άθλημα. H Banco do Brazil έχει σταθεί στο πλευρό του Felipe και χαιρόμαστε ιδιαιτέρως που θα συνεχίσει να τον υποστηρίζει σε αυτό το σημαντικό στάδιο της καριέρας του.

Ο νεαρός Βραζιλιάνος έχοντας κερδίσει επάξια την θέση του στη Formula 1, τόσο με το ταλέντο του όσο και με τους χορηγούς του, δήλωσε στην ανακοίνωση της συνεργασίας του με τη Sauber:

Το συμβόλαιο με τη Sauber είναι ένα πολύ σημαντικό βήμα στη καριέρα μου. Είναι μια αξέχαστη στιγμή που την οφείλω σε όλους όσους με έχουν στηρίξει. Την οικογένειά μου, τους φίλους μου, τους χορηγούς μου, τις ομάδες μου και την πατρίδα μου. Σήμερα τα όνειρά μου γίνονται πραγματικότητα.

Η Sauber είναι υπεύθυνη για την είσοδο πολλών μεγάλων ονομάτων στη Formula 1, όπως οι Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Robert Kubica και Sebastian Vettel. Είμαι περήφανος που μπορώ να είμαι μέλος αυτής της αγωνιστικής οικογένειας. Είχα μια υπέροχη χρονιά με τη Williams Martini, όπου έμαθα πολλά πράγματα και προετοιμάστηκα κατάλληλα για να γίνω οδηγός Formula 1.

Με τη Sauber να έχει ανακοινώσει το οδηγικό της δίδυμο για την επόμενη χρονιά, αναμένουμε να δούμε τι θα απογίνουν οι φετινοί της πιλότοι, Adrian Sutil και Esteban Gutierrez.

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Sauber F1 Team announces Felipe Nasr as its driver for 2015

05.11.2014 – São Paulo. The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce Felipe Nasr as its driver for the 2015 season and Banco do Brasil as its partner. Felipe Nasr completes the driver line-up alongside Marcus Ericsson.

The 22-year-old Brazilian was the test and reserve driver for the Williams F1 Team this year. Felipe is also participating in the 2014 GP2 series, in which he is currently lying second with four wins. In 2011 he won the British Formula 3 championship and finished second in the prestigious Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix. In 2009 Felipe became Formula BMW Europe champion in his rookie year.

Banco do Brasil has been a partner of Felipe Nasr and has supported him for several years. Its logos will be visible on the side pods and at the back of the rear wing of the C34. Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal: “We have been following Felipe’s career path for some time now, and he fully deserves his position in Formula One having had a very successful career in junior categories. We are happy that he will be driving for our team next year. This means that Brazil will have one more young and talented driver in the sport. Banco do Brasil has been an important partner for Felipe so far, and we are delighted that such a renowned company is contuing to support him during this important step. We look forward to this partnership.” Felipe Nasr: “It is a very important step in my career to sign with the Sauber F1 Team for the 2015 Formula One World Championship. This is an unforgettable moment that I owe to all of those who have supported me – my family, my friends, my sponsors, my teams and my country. Today the dream has come true. Sauber was responsible for the arrival in F1 of great names such as Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel. I am proud now to also be part of this racing family. I had a wonderful year at Williams Martini, where I learned a lot and prepared myself to be a race driver in Formula One.” Hayton Rocha, Marketing and Communications Director of Banco do Brasil, emphasises that the partnership consolidates the positioning of Banco do Brasil as the Brazilian bank that invests in most sports: “The main objective of this partnership is to make possible the entry of a new Brazilian driver into Formula One. A sport that has a faithful audience in our country. Banco do Brasil believes in the potential of Felipe Nasr, considered by the specialists to be the most promising Brazilian in motor racing since Ayrton Senna. Apart from that, it is an opportunity to create a connection between our brands and symbolises our Brazilianness, modernity and technology.” About Banco do Brasil Founded in 1808, Banco do Brasil is established as a private, mixed-capital Corporation, whose controlling shareholder is the Brazilian government. Latin America’s largest financial institution in assets, reaching R$ 1,3 trillion in 2013, Banco do Brasil provides solutions, services and products in the banking, investment, asset management, pension plan, savings bond and payment means segments, among others, to its 61.4 million customers. Banco do Brasil has the largest in-house service network in Brazil among financial institutions. Abroad, the network consists of 49 of its own outlets located in 24 countries, in addition to 1,200 partner banks that function as correspondents in 134 countries. Felipe Nasr Date/Place of birth: 21st August 1992 / Brasília (BRA) Nationality: Brazilian Website: www.felipenasr.com Height / Weight: 1.75 m / 64 kg

Career: 2014 Test and reserve driver Williams F1 Team Currently 2nd place GP2 series 2013 4th place GP2 series 2012 10th place GP2 series 2011 1st place British Formula 3 2nd place GP Macau Formula 3 2010 5th place British Formula 3 2009 1st place Formula BMW Europe 2008 11th place Formula BMW Pacific 2004, 1st place Brazilian Kart Championship 2006 & 2007