Felipe Nasr and Nathanaël Berthon have signed on for their third GP2 Series campaigns with Carlin and Venezuela GP Lazarus respectively.
Nasr, who raced for Carlin last season, finished 4th in the standings; however despite some good early results, the Brazilian’s year fell apart in the second half of the year.
The former British Formula 3 champion is determined not to let a similar fate derail his upcoming campaign. “We had a tough fight on our hands last year and although we missed out on the championship through some bad luck and some difficult races,” he said.
“This year I want to go one better and push hard to win the championship; with a strong team like Carlin, and the new rules in regards to the tyres I think we can do this.”
Nasr will also be busy with Formula One duties, following the announcement of his position as Williams F1’s new test and reserve driver. “It’s also going to be a great year for me to be involved with the Williams Formula One team and learn from them. I’ll be attending every race this season with a strong attitude so can’t wait for everything to start.”
Meanwhile from Trident, Berthon moves to series backmarkers Venezuela GP Lazarus for his third season effort. The Frenchman took an unexpected Sprint Race victory at the Hungaroring last year, after taking two podiums with Racing Engineering the previous year.
At 24-years-of-age, Berthon knows he needs to produce something special this year should he wish to grab the attention of teams and series’. “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to remain in GP2 with Lazarus. This season will be crucial for me and the team. We share the same objective: we will give our 100% to become a top team and fight every race for a podium.”
Considering Venezuela GP Lazarus’ record in the previous two years, Berthon may have a tricky road ahead.