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    Sauber have expanded their roster of young drivers for 2024 after revealing that Formula 2 racer Zane Maloney is joining the team’s development programme.

    A former British Formula 4 champion and FIA Formula 3 runner-up, Maloney makes the move to the Swiss operation after leaving Red Bull’s own junior team, having placed 10th in last year’s F2 standings with four podiums to his name.

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    In addition to bolstering Sauber’s talent pool, the 20-year-old Barbadian racer will take on the role of reserve driver for the F1 team at several Grands Prix during the upcoming season, sharing duties with fellow Sauber Academy member and reigning F2 champion Theo Pourchaire.

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    Maloney will now be backed by Sauber rather than Red Bull

    Maloney will continue in F2 for a second season in 2024, sticking with the Rodin Motorsport team which is now supported by Sauber Academy.

    “I am honoured to join the Sauber Academy, and to take on the role of one of [Sauber’s] reserve drivers,” Maloney commented upon his arrival.

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    “The Sauber name resonates with Formula 1, as it has been part of the sport for over 30 years, paving the way for so many drivers who went on to achieve great success.

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    “I am pleased to become part of this family, and I am looking forward to working together this season, as I move closer to my goal of becoming a Formula 1 driver.”

    Beat Zehnder, Sauber Academy Director, added: “We are delighted to welcome Zane as the latest addition to the Sauber Academy. His path through the junior series has been remarkable so far and, with his speed and potential, he surely makes a great addition to our talented roster.

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    “On behalf of the whole team, I give him my warmest welcome onboard, and look forward to working together and achieving great success.”