Marciello gets another FP1 drive

Raffaele Marciello will get another taste of Formula 1 action at Silverstone as he will again drive for Sauber in Free Practice 1.

The Ferrari Driver Academy graduate saw some Friday action at the Malaysian and Spain Grands Prix while he was also behind the wheel of the C34 at the in-season tests at Barcelona and the Red Bull Ring.

He is once again expected to replace Swede Marcus Ericsson.

"I am looking forward to another FP1 session," Marciello said. "In general I like fast tracks; Silverstone is one of my favorites. The Becketts section particularly is always a challenge.

"I am pleased to again be driving the Sauber C34-Ferrari. It is the third time I will be driving the car in FP1 – after Malaysia and Spain. Together with my GP2 duties, I am looking forward to another busy race weekend."

Meanwhile, Sauber believe it will be a difficult British Grand Prix as their car is not really suited to the high-speed track.

"Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the Sauber C34-Ferrari, we might expect not to have an easy weekend there, yet we feel ready for the challenge and keep targeting scoring points," Giampaolo Dall'Ara, head of track engineering, said.

He added: "The engineers' challenge will be to balance the high-speed requirements of the older part of the circuit with the traction and ride demand of the newer section.

"The drivers will chase stability to get the confidence they need, while negotiating fascinating sections at serious speed such as Copse, Becketts, Stowe or riding the bump at Abbey."