Felipe Nasr set to replace Gunther at Dragon

Former Formula One driver and current sportscar driver Felipe Nasr is will replace Maximilian Gunther at GEOX Dragon.

The Brazilian will make his debut in Mexico and will fill the seat for the remainder of the season. Nasr does have a conflict with the Rome E-Prix so is set to miss this round of the championship.

Max Gunther looks set to step in for Rome but will sit out the rest of the season and fill stay with the team as their test driver. The first 3 rounds of the championship have been challenging with crashes in qualifying in the first two rounds and 0 points scored so far.

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Gunther had limited running in the Gen2 car prior to Ad Diriyah and on track incidents since have reduced his track time further.

Gunther was running high in the points before his Dragon shut down and would have probably finished in the top 6 otherwise.

Gunther has said that he was aware he wouldn’t be racing for the whole season but expects to make another appearance.

“It was clear from the beginning that I would share the season at Geox Dragon with another driver.”

“I know that I will be racing for Geox Dragon again this season. Until then, I will continue to do the simulator work and be a test and replacement driver for the team.”

“I had a lot of fun in Santiago de Chile, where I had a great race after my super qualifying until my retirement and I am looking forward to returning to the Penske EV-3 soon.”

In his first year of Formula 2 last year he impressed with the BWT Arden team taking podiums and a win in Silverstone.

The Dragon isn’t the quickest on the grid and Gunther handled himself as well as he could in the circumstances.

“Felipe has demonstrated incredible talent, scoring 29 points in his two seasons in Formula 1, and winning the 2018 IMSA Prototype Championship,” said team owner Jay Penske.

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GP3 Champion Hubert confirmed as Arden F2 driver/Renault Academy driver

Reigning GP3 champion Anthoine Hubert has been confirmed as a Renault Academy driver and will race for the new Arden-HWA partnership in Formula 2 in 2019.

Hubert had already had affiliation with Renault but has now been confirmed as an Academy driver.

“When it was announced I was affiliated I was really happy but it was always my goal to be a member of this academy.” said Hubert.

“Now that’s done, I’m getting closer to it and the dream to be a French driver in F1 is there, so I will work really hard to try and get there.”

Hubert had tested for MP Motorsport but has decided to sign for Arden for the 2019 Formula 2 season. Arden has a tough season in 2018 taking just one victory with now Formula E racer Maximillian Gunther but Hubert is hopeful of the new Arden-HWA partnership.

“The fact that they are joining with HWA really motivated me to go to them, I hope that the experience of Arden and the professionalism from the structure of HWA can be a good mix and we can achieve great things together.

“They have been working a lot during the winter to get everything structured and everything, but we will start work soon to be ready for the first test.”

Hubert’s teammate has not yet been confirmed but Arden’s 2018 drivers Gunther and Fukuzumi moving on to Formula E and Super Formula.

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Schumacher confirmed at Ferrari

After recent speculation Mick Schumacher has been confirmed as a Ferrari Academy driver, he joins other familar names such as Giuliano Alesi and Enzo Fittipaldi with Alesi and Brit Callum Ilott joining Schumacher in Formula 2.

Schumacher is likely to participate in testing with Ferrari with two mid-season tests taking place this year. This is of course the team where his father Michael took a record-breaking 5 championships in a row and a 7th in total making the name Schumacher synonymous with Ferrari.

“I am thrilled that Ferrari has entered a partnership with me and my next future in motorsport will be in red, being part of the Ferrari Driver Academy and also of the Scuderia Ferrari Family.” Mick said in the Ferrari press release.

“Again, this is another step forward in the right direction, and I can only profit from the immense amount of expertise bundled there.”

“Be sure I will make everything to extract whatever helps me achieve my dream, racing in Formula 1.” 

The reigning European Formula 3 champion will continue with PREMA Powerteam in Formula 2 this season as he looks to win the title and make the step up to Formula One.

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Schumacher won 5 races in a row on his way to the F3 title. Copyright: PREMA Powerteam

“It is more than obvious that Ferrari has a big place in my heart since I was born and also in the hearts of our family, so I am delighted on a personal level about this opportunity as well.”

“At this stage it is however also time to say thank you to my family, friends and partners who supported me all along and helped me arrive at this point.”

Ferrari has an agreement with Sauber through it’s Alfa Romeo sponsorship and the Italians have first say on who fills one of the two seats at the team. First Charles Leclerc and now Antonio Giovinazzi have landed Sauber seats through this proposition and if Schumacher has a good year this year he could find himself with the Swiss team very soon.

The emotional aspect of this deal is very powerful too as Mick looks to follow the footsteps of his father who is still recovering following a skiing accident in 2013. Mattia Binotto had this to say on the announcement:

“For someone like me who has known him from birth, there’s no doubt that welcoming Mick into Ferrari has a special emotional meaning, but we have chosen him for his talent and the human and professional qualities that have already distinguished him despite his young age.”

This a massive good news story and everyone wishes the best for Mick this year in Formula 2, it may not be too long before we hear the Schumacher name again in Formula One.

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Jack Aitken signs with Campos for 2019

Jack Aitken is now confirmed at Campos for the 2019 F2 season.

The 2017 GP3 runner up will contest his second Formula 2 season after a difficult rookie campaign finishing 11th in the standings with just 1 win while teammate George Russell took the title and finds himself with Williams in F1 this season.

“We are delighted to have Jack join our team. He is an extremely talented driver and putting all elements together we will fight for top honors.” Said Adrian Campos (President Of Campos Racing)

“We will aspire to the highest goals with our work and Jack’s natural talent.”

Campos also had a difficult 2018 failing to take a single victory even with an experienced driver lineup.

“I’m extremely excited to start working with Campos Racing after a promising start in post-season testing” Said Aitken.

“They have the ambition and ability to compete at the very top, and although there’s plenty of work to be done I’m confident we’ll be up to it come Round 1. We are aiming for the top, nothing less.”

Aitken has a lot to prove in 2019 after failing to continue his 2017 form into last season.

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Louis Deletraz completes Carlin F2 lineup

Swiss racer Louis Deletraz will partner Nobuharu Matsushita in an all new driver lineup at Carlin for the 2019 season.

Deletraz who spent last season with the new Charouz Racing System team claimed two podiums in the Monaco and French sprint races.

“I had a good year with Charouz but one of the reasons I couldn’t stay is because of the Sauber deal. It’s complicated,” said Deletraz referring the Charouz’s partnership with Sauber acting as their junior team.

“My first year in F2 was a bit of a disaster for many reasons, but that is in the past, Last year with Charouz, we learned a lot with a new team.”

Deletraz now enters his 3rd season of F2 and has a lot to prove especially now that he will race for the 2018 F2 teams champions.

“I’m going for the win, that’s what we have to do. Winning, being at the front and fighting for the championship is the aim and I have done that already and I want to do it again.”

This season poses at Deletraz’s best opportunity to prove himself, the current Haas test driver needs to start winning races and fighting for the title if he wants a shot at a future F1 drive.

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Vergne extends DS Techeetah contract

Ahead of the first round of the 18/19 season Techeetah have announced that Jean-Eric Vergne will remain with the team until at-least the end of the 6th season.

Vergne and Techeetah won the title together in season 4 and now with DS power they aim to be the first to win back to back titles.

“First of all, I’d like to say a huge thanks to DS Techeetah for always having believed in me and for keeping their faith,” said Vergne.

“We achieved something incredible last season winning the drivers’ title, and everyone is hungry for more.”

“We are aiming for more success together as a team and this is just the beginning.”

Techeetah now enter their 3rd season since purchasing the Aguri team in 2015 and are in the strongest position they’ve ever been in.

“We are delighted to announce that we have agreed a new long-term contract with Jean-Eric.” Said Edmund Chu the DS Techeetah president.

“Jean-Eric has been with us since season three and he’s been an important pillar in building the team together with the management and we’re very excited about being able to announce our continued partnership.”

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Neel Jani confirmed at Porsche for season 6

Ahead of there testing schedule in preparation for the teams debut in late 2019, Porsche have confirmed Neel Jani as their first driver.

Jani who competed in the first race of Season 4 with Dragon will return to Formula E with the manufacturer he raced for in WEC.

“Without doubt, Neel is the right man for our new technologically trendsetting programme,” says Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche Motorsport.

“Not only does he contribute speed, but he has a huge amount of single seater experience. He has already driven in Formula E and is well established in Weissach as a development driver.”

“Being part of an entirely new Porsche Motorsport programme for the second time, right from the beginning, means a lot to me.” Said Jani

“The technical and driving challenges are huge and our strong Formula E opponents have a significant advantage in experience. There is a lot of work ahead of us and I can’t wait for the roll-out.”

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