Manor Grand Prix Formula 1 team announced Thursday that it has signed Swiss driver Fabio Leimer as an official reserve driver for the remainder of the 2015 season.
The 26-year-old Leimer, from Rothrist in Switzerland, is the 2013 GP2 Series champion.
He is also a former Formula Master series champion, prior to which he competed in Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula BMW ADAC.
Leimer will join the team at selected races, working closely with the drivers and engineers to aid the team’s development programme and on standby to deputise for a race driver in the event that they are unable to take part in race weekend activities.
To prepare him for the role, the team will be providing Leimer with the opportunity to drive the MR03B in selected free practice 1 sessions of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.