2017 F2 drivers and teams
28th November 2016, 10:05 at 10:05 am #333418
No surprises who everyone wants to drive for next year: GP3 champion Charles Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco, both Ferrari Driver Academy members, head straight for Prema:
— Antonio Fuoco (@Anto_Fuoco) November 28, 2016
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) November 28, 201628th November 2016, 15:10 at 3:10 pm #333424
Sergio Sette Camara has been announced for MP Motorsport as well.28th November 2016, 17:59 at 5:59 pm #333428
Autosport claims Oliver Rowland set for DAMS and Jordan King to test for MP Motorsport.29th November 2016, 11:03 at 11:03 am #333527
http://www.paddockscout.com/ferraris-leclerc-and-fuoco-get-prema-gp2-seats/35805 – read to the bottom, Deletraz and Malja set for RE 2017
http://www.italiaracing.net/newsint.aspx?id=225643&cat=4 – gelael, giovinazzi and ghiotto could all join arden30th November 2016, 9:47 at 9:47 am #333617
Testing has begun today and the Ferrari-backed pair have a cracking livery on their Prema cars:30th November 2016, 9:56 at 9:56 am #333628
A few more pictures from testing:30th November 2016, 14:21 at 2:21 pm #333651
And a few more. Just love that Prema livery. Like a 2007 Ferrari:30th November 2016, 16:52 at 4:52 pm #333652
Nice to see Orudzhev still sporting his “salute the MILF” helmet…16th December 2016, 15:19 at 3:19 pm #334007
@hunocsi Yeah I noticed that mid-commentary at one point this season and thought it best not to call attention to it!
Speaking of which, his Formula V8 3.5 rival Louis Deletraz has landed a seat at Racing Engineering alongside Gustav Malja:
Racing Engineering are pleased to announce that Louis Delétraz will be driving alongside Gustav Malja for the 2017 GP2 Series, the 19-year-old Swiss will driving for the Spanish team for his first full season in GP2.
Louis started racing karts in his native Switzerland in 2008 before switching to single-seaters four years later when he competed in the final round of the Formula BMW Talent Cup. In the following year, 2013 aged just sixteen, he moved up to Formula Renault 2.0 NEC and in his second year in this class he showed his future potential when he finished as runner-up in the 2014 series after winning at Monza and taking four other podium finishes.
In 2015 Louis completed a third year in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC where he dominated the series by taking nine wins in sixteen races to win the championship. He also raced in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and he finished runner-up with three wins in a very hard fought season. He then graduated to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series competing in just one race but in 2016 he raced in the, now renamed, Formula V8 3.5 Series where he took a dominant victory in the ‘Rookie of the Year’ class and wins at Alcañiz and Paul Ricard together with seven other podium places saw him finish the year as runner-up in the Championship.
Louis made his GP2 debut in the final round of the 2016 Series at Abu Dhabi. He then joined with Racing Engineering for the three days of post-season testing at Abu Dhabi, he quickly adapted to the team setting some very quick laps including being second fastest on the morning of the final session.
Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, President of Racing Engineering: “We are pleased to announce that Louis is joining Racing Engineering for the 2017 season. Having closely foll! owed his steps since his early years in karting, we are convinced that although 2017 will be his rookie season in GP2, he will quickly adapt to the championship. We first evaluated Louis on our simulator in 2015 and were in close contact with him during the 2016 season to have insight with his progress as a racing driver. Having tested him in Abu Dhabi during the post-season testing earlier this month, it has allowed us to see how much he was able to learn and mature during the last year, which is very promising keeping in mind that he is only 19 years old. The Swiss drivers that we worked with in the past , like Sébastien Buemi, Neel Jani and our 2013 GP2 champion, Fabio Leimer have all achieved great success. We hope to prolong this connection with Louis.”
Louis Delétraz: “GP2 is where I want to be in 2017 since after the strong season in Formula V8, it’s the natural next step in my career. It’s the final category before reaching Formula One and getting to F1 is my primary goal. Racing Engineering are a good team and have produced some top results during the last five years. For me, there’s no better option and I am very happy with the choice. As a rookie, I’ll have much to learn during the next season. We all know that the most difficult point in GP2 is learning the Pirelli tyres, so it’s very important to gave a good team behind you so they can help you as a driver and work well together. To get the deal sorted before the 2017 season even begins is excellent news because it allows us all to form a good partnership and to make sure that we all know! what we’re doing. We worked very well together during the three-day test in Abu Dhabi, so I really think we can get some good results in 2017.”16th December 2016, 16:47 at 4:47 pm #334008
I don’t know when he started wearing it, but he’s had it for quite a while now… And the World Series by Renault people didn’t have a problem with it!
— Renault Sport Series (@RenaultSpSeries) January 15, 201516th December 2016, 20:09 at 8:09 pm #334009
Any driver you are hoping to join Gp2 next season? for me it was Leclerc16th December 2016, 20:21 at 8:21 pm #334010
@marussi He was already announced at Prema, see the first post by Keith :) Sticking with Orudzhev, I would like to see him in GP2, last year he looked very promising in WSR. I haven’t followed the series this year but by the results he seems to have improved further, and I think his driving style would suit GP2.17th December 2016, 9:40 at 9:40 am #334015
Oh i forgot to say that i was pleased with leclerc already in gp2 my bad. :). Is it someone more that looks promising from wsr? Sweden did not send The series this year19th December 2016, 6:18 at 6:18 am #334033
I’d be disappointed if Alex Albon, Giovanassi, Ghiotto, Mathieu Vaxiviere and Roy Nissany (this one is up for debate but i thought he done well in Formula V8 3.5 this year) aren’t on the grid next year. For me they’re the ones with the most potiential to do great19th December 2016, 6:24 at 6:24 am #334034
Oh and of course Orudzhev as well
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