Sport De Vries joins Prema for 2018 F2 campaign

19:40  27 november  2017
19:40  27 november  2017 Source:   Read Sport

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Prema has completed its driver line-up for the 2018 Formula 2 season, announcing that McLaren-backed Nyck de Vries will join Sean Gelael at the team. He started his campaign with Rapax, before switching to Racing Engineering, and will now make the move to Prema , which fielded title-winner

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McLaren Formula 1 junior Nyck de Vries will compete for the 2018 Formula 2 title at Prema Racing, as the team completes their driver line-up.

This season was de Vries’ rookie campaign in F2. Initially driving for Rapax, he made a mid-season switch to Racing Engineering.

The 22-year-old claimed his maiden F2 victory in the Monaco sprint race en route to seventh in the drivers’ standings.

Entering the category in 2016, Prema has guided both Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc to the drivers’ title in consecutive seasons.

“First of all, I want to thank everyone involved for this opportunity,” de Vries stated. “I am delighted to join such a successful team as Prema and I thank them for putting their faith in me.

Gelael to race for Prema in F2 in 2018

  Gelael to race for Prema in F2 in 2018 Prema Racing has announced that Sean Gelael will race for the Italian outfit in the 2018 Formula 2 championship, replacing newly-crowned champion Charles Leclerc. This will mark Gelael’s third year in the series and the first time he will be racing for Prema, who only joined the single-seater racing series in 2016 but has won both years’ driver’s championships. The Indonesian has had sub-par results in the series, with 15th position as his best championship finish. Despite that, he has driven for Toro Rosso in four free practice sessions during this year’s Formula 1 season. Rene Rosin, the team principal of Prema said in a statement; “I’m proud to welcome Sean to our team. With his multifaceted experience, he will definitely be a key resource for the 2018 F2 season as we will need to adapt to a brand-new car.” “In our first year in the series, we decided to field a mix of an experienced driver and a rookie [Pierre Gasly and Antonio Giovinazzi], while this season we went for an all-rookie program [Charles Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco]. In both cases, the results proved us right.” “For next year though, there will be a new factor in play and we will rely on experience to speed-up the development of the 2018 Dallara. Having raced and adapted himself to such diverse environments in the past, I’m sure that Sean will be able to meet his expectations and contribute to more success for the team.

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Prema has confirmed that Sean Gelael will race for the team in next year's Formula 2 championship, the first driver signed up to Sean Gelael F 2 .

“We have known each other for a while, so to finally be racing together is very exciting and I can’t wait to go back to Italy.

“We’re very much looking forward to the new challenges that F2 has introduced with the new car for 2018. It will be a very competitive championship, may the best win!”

Prema team boss Rene Rosin believes that de Vries will be able to challenge for the title next season.

“We are delighted to have secured the services of Nyck for the 2018 Formula 2 season,” he said.

“His skills are outstanding and we hope that, together with Prema, he will be able to make the most out of his talent and fight for the title, while helping us to get a head start for the new season.”

De Vries joins Sean Gelael at the team in 2018. The Indonesian’s switch from Arden to Prema was confirmed last week.

Rosin added; “I’m really looking forward to seeing our great and well-sorted pairing on-track”

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