Italy's Giancarlo Fisichella will leave Jordan at the end of the season after signing a two-year contract with Sauber.
The 30-year-old, who won his first grand prix at Brazil this year, has endured a miserable season at Jordan and will join his fourth Formula One team of his career.
Fisichella willlink up with the Swiss team following recent talks with boss Peter Sauber.
"I met with Peter and technical director Willy Rampf and immediately had a
positive feeling," said Fisichella.
"The new wind tunnel, in particular, highly impressed me. It proves the team
has a lot of potential and the will to be successful. I'm looking forward to my
A delighted Sauber stated: "I've been watching Giancarlo's career for years
and consider him one of the best drivers in Formula One.
"He's not only quick, but a strong fighter as well who never gives up and
makes the best of any situation.
"We've been in contact with Giancarlo before and I'm very happy that, now,
we've been able to sign him for our team."
With both current Sauber drivers Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen
rumoured to be on their way this season, the team are understood to be looking
at recruiting Felipe Massa, who drove for them last year.
Fisichella's team-mate Ralph Firman crashed heavily in practice on Saturday to further compound Jordan's woes.