Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez will enjoy the backing of the Sauber team in 2010.
Gutierrez, 18, will attend Grand Prix with the team and be able to join in meetings and listen in on team radio.
Sauber do not have a third driver for the 2010 season yet and this is not the role Gutierrez will be filling. Team principal Peter Sauber said:
We view this link-up as a kind of sponsorship arrangement. Nowadays you can only give young drivers a very limited amount of help in gaining a foothold in Formula One. With the limited number of testing opportunities, it is important for the teams to have the race drivers in the cars during those sessions.
However, the world of Formula One is so complex that you can learn a great deal just by watching and listening to what’s going on. That’s the opportunity we’re giving Esteban. And we will also help him to get himself in F1-trim physically.
Gutierrez drove for the team in the young drivers’ test at the end of last year. He won the F1-supporting Formula BMW Europe championship last year.
This year he will drive for ART in GP3 which is on the support bill for the Spanish, Belgian, British, Italian and Hungarian Grands Prix.