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Leimer to test for Sauber in Abu Dhabi 19 Oct 2011

Fabio Leimer (SUI) Rapax. GP2 Series, Rd 2, Race 2, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday 22 May 2011. Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber Third Driver (Left).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 6 May 2011

Swiss driver Fabio Leimer will get his first taste of Formula One power next month when he drives for Sauber at the Abu Dhabi young driver test. Leimer, 22, will get one day at the wheel during the three-day Yas Marina session, with Sauber reserve Esteban Gutierrez driving for the other two.

“Being a racing driver, of course, you always dream of Formula One,” said Leimer. “That this dream is now coming true is almost unbelievable. On top of that not many Swiss drivers have ever had the chance to test for the Sauber F1 Team.

“For this reason it is an even more special honour for me to be able to get my first laps in an F1 car under my belt as a Swiss for the Swiss team. I am very much looking forward to that challenge and want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made it possible.”

Leimer, who hails from the Kanton Aargau in Switzerland, was a GP2 race winner in 2011 and has previous single-seater experience in series including Formula BMW, Formula Renault and Formula Master.

“We are pleased we can offer Fabio this opportunity,” added Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber CEO. “The test opportunities for young drivers are extremely limited nowadays, and it is always exciting to see how they deal with all the complexity of a Formula One test.”

The Abu Dhabi young driver test takes place on November 15-17 in the week following the 2011 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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