Daniel Abt will replace Kevin Korjus at Tech 1 alongside Jules Bianchi for the rest of the season.
Abt ended the GP3 championship in the runner-up position at Monza. Korjus has had a tough year in Formula Renault 3.5 off the back of a promising 2011 campaign including three wins.
Press release from Tech 1:
Daniel Abt, who clinched the runner-up spot in the GP3 Series last weekend at Monza, is replacing Kevin Korjus in the Tech 1 Racing team in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for the rest of the season. The 19-year-old German’s mission will be to help the French squad clinch the drivers’ and teams’ titles.
Tech 1 Racing is in the running for both titles in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. It is leading the teams’ championship, and in the drivers’ Jules Bainchi is currently in third place only six points behind the leader.
In agreement with Gravity Sport Management, Kevin Korjus and Tech 1 Racing have ceased their collaboration. “We really need to evaluate Kevin Korjus in another environment in different conditions,” explains Gwenael Lagrue, the Gravity Sport Management drivers’ programme manager. “The collaboration between Gravity Sport Management, Tech 1 Racing and Kevin has been a fruitful one with three victories and five podium finishes. This decision doesn’t call into question the confidence we have in the team, which is again fighting for the two titles this year. Tech 1 Racing has proved its potential for several years now, and it goes without saying that our organization will entrust one of our drivers to it in the future, as has been the case over the past few years, in either Formula Renault 2.0 or in the Formula 3.5 Series.”
Daniel Abt, the 2009 Formula Masters Champion, second in Formula 3 Allemand in 2010 and runner-up in the GP3 Series this year, will make his Formula Renault 3.5 series debut this coming weekend on the Hungaroring.
“We’re very happy to welcome Daniel Abt to our team,” says a delighted Simon Abadie, the Tech 1 Racing team manager. “Last year Daniel tested the old Formula Renault 3.5 in the end-of-season practice sessions. He has to find his marks in a very short space of time with this new car and get used to the DRS, the start procedure for this type of single-seater, and the pit stops. So he must take full advantage of every second of track time in the new car to gather experience.”
“Daniel Abt’s results speak for themselves. He’s an intelligent guy who’s a strong finisher, and who knows how to manage a championship. He’s exactly the type of driver we need for the end of the season to clinch the drivers’ title with Jules Bianchi – and the teams’ award. Abt has had a great year in the GP3 Series, and he’s got what it takes to be on the pace in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series straight away. We’re going to do everything possible to help him get used to the car, the championship and the team. It’s a very big challenge and that dovetails with our ambitions for the end of the season. We want to win both titles.”