French driver Pierre Gasly is to join Caterham Racing for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Gasly is replacing Tom Dillmann at Caterham after the GP2 race winner announced his commitment to Porsche racing which meant he had to skip the Monza event.
Gasly is a member of the Red Bull Junior Team and is the first driver from the mentioned scheme to compete in the Series since 2008 after its former drivers struggled to compete. He will balance his Formula Renault 3.5 commitments with GP2.
Pierre has never driven a GP2 car before so the adaptation for the 18-year-old to the car and Pirelli tyres could be a difficult process.
Pierre Gasly “Of course I am really excited to be driving in GP2 with Caterham Racing. It is a new Series for me and a great opportunity to race and gain experience in a different car and on Formula One circuits.
“For sure the GP2 car is going to be different to drive, it has more power than the Formula Renault 3.5 but has less aero. I will have to adapt my driving style, but that is my job and I will try to do this as quickly as I can.
“I watch the GP2 races and understand that you have to manage tyre degradation as the races are longer than I am used to, but it also means that if you look after your tyres you can make more overtaking moves, which should be fun.
“I have been to the factory to meet the team and I am looking forward to driving in Monza this weekend and working hard to show what I can do in this car.”
Caterham Racing Team Principal, Mia Sharizman “Pierre is a young, but exceptionally talented driver and we are delighted to welcome him to our team.
“It is definitely not going to be an easy step but we will make the transition as smooth as possible for Pierre and our experienced engineering team will guide him through the process.
“Now we just have to wait and see how he will adapt this weekend.”