Felipe Nasr has been announced as a Sauber F1 driver for the 2015 season.
The 22-year-old Brazilian will make his F1 debut with Sauber in March next year when the season gets underway in Australia.
Nasr will partner fellow GP2 graduate Marcus Ericsson at the Swiss team after the Swede was announced last weekend.
He currently drives for Carlin and will complete his final races in the Series later this month at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The Brazilian will attempt to become Vice-Champion by holding off a charge from Stoffel Vandoorne who is being linked with and F1 seat himself, with McLaren.
Banco do Brasil, Nasr’s personal sponsor, will become a partner of Sauber F1 Team next year as a result of the new driver appointment.
Sauber F1 Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn: “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.