GP2 Series veteran Stefano Coletti has moved to Racing Engineering for what will be his fourth full season of competition.
Coletti, who became the first Monegasque driver to win in Monaco since Louis Chiron triumphed in 1931, joins GP2’s reigning Teams’ Champions in an effort to collect the Drivers’ title.
The 24-year-old led much of last year’s GP2 season, only for his season to collapse in the second half of the year, where he failed to score a single point in the latter eleven races, dropping to 5th overall by year-end.
According to the president of Racing Engineering, Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón: “We have had the chance to closely follow Stefano’s career for the last few years, and especially in 2013. What we saw was a very fast and determined driver, who knows how to fight on track and take race wins.”
De Orléans-Borbón continued: “We are very pleased that he is joining us for the 2014 season and I am convinced he will be a title contender this year. Stefano is a very pleasant and hard-working driver, I am sure he will fit in well with the team. With Stefano and [Raffaele Marciello] we have a driver pairing one can only dream of and we are all really looking forward to the start of the season.”
Coletti joins GP2 Series rookie Marciello at the Spanish squad for a season, which may go a long way to determining the direction his future. Interestingly, Coletti has taken six race victories in GP2 and the now defunct GP2 Asia Series, all of which have been reverse grid Sprint Races.
With Coletti’s announcement, there are now only three seats available with the season start only a few weeks away.