Former Sauber racer Esteban Gutierrez has been confirmed as Ferrari’s test and reserve driver.
Gutierrez, who was dropped by Sauber at the end of the season after two years with the team, will support Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in a third driver role in 2015 at the Scuderia.
“It is an honour to become part of the Scuderia Ferrari family, a team with such an exceptional history,” Gutierrez said.
“It is for me the beginning of a new path for my future and I’m going to do my utmost to contribute to the achievement of the targets set by the Scuderia.
“I want to thank everybody for their belief in my potential; this will bring a great opportunity for me to develop further and get to the top in the near future. With all my passion and dedication, I’m now looking forward to the start of this new venture.”
New Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene added: “We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to Esteban who, although young, has plenty of experience relating to the new generation of Formula One cars.
“I am sure that, with his experience, he will make an important contribution to the development work of the team in the simulator.
“Welcoming Esteban also means opening the gates of Ferrari to a driver from Mexico, a country where the Scuderia still has a lot of fans, just as was the case 50 years ago in the days of the Rodriguez brothers.”
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