Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi has bagged the first seat at GP2 newcomers PREMA Racing.
The 22-year-old has spent the previous three years racing in FIA F3 and came close to winning the title in his final season in 2015. He was runner up to Felix Rosenqvist who tested with PREMA in GP2 at the end of last season.
“I am delighted to become a part of PREMA, a prestigious team with a huge motorsport culture,” Giovinazzi said.
“This is a great opportunity for me, because they always showed that they are the best possible choice for a young driver, and I am determined to take the best out of this chance by working as good as I possibly can.”
Giovinazzi has managed to secure a drive with PREMA with the support of Jagonya Ayam, the new title sponsor of Campos Racing. The Indonesian arm of KFC has sponsored and still supports his friend and former team mate Sean Gelael.
PREMA Racing Team Principal René Rosin said: “Being able to field a greatly talented driver like Antonio in a difficult and challenging championship like the GP2 Series is of course an enormous satisfaction.
“We know him really well for being one of our most fierce competitors in the F.3 European Championship last season.
“I always admired him for what he accomplished in his so far young career so I am proud to finally see our paths crossing. Even though he will be a rookie in the series, I think he has all what it takes to deliver from the very beginning.”
Giovinazzi will next drive a GP2 in mid-March when testing gets underway in Spain.