French racer Arthur Pic is to stay with Campos Racing for a 2nd season in the GP2 Series.
The 23-year-old brother of former-F1 driver Charles Pic joined the F1 feeder category this year after competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for three seasons.
In what has been programme peppered with speed, consistency and occasional anonymity, Pic lies in 7th position, having taken one podium at Monza and a surprise race victory in Hungary.
Pic’s Hungarian success marked the height of Campos Racing’s return to the GP2 Series, following their takeover of the slot left by Barwa Addax. Of the 114 points scored by the Spanish team, Pic has scored a very impressive 110 of them, with the other four made up by Auto GP champion Kimiya Sato and one-round interloper Alexander Rossi.
Understandably happy with the decision to stay with the team, Pic sees a championship campaign on the horizon in 2015. “I am delighted to be extending my partnership with Campos Racing into next season. It is now up to us to carry our momentum into the winter and ensure we are in the title hunt next year,” stated Pic.
“We have taken tremendous strides together in 2014, which is particularly encouraging given that I am a GP2 rookie and they are returning to the championship.”
Keen to emphasise the significance of their achievments thus far, Pic added: “I also have an excellent relationship with [team principal] Adrian Campos and the whole crew, so there is a mutual desire to succeed which made it natural to stay together for a second season.”
The 2014 season has been something of a turnaround in form for Pic, who appeared to enjoy racing on the faster wearing Pirelli tyres, as opposed to the rock hard Michelin tyres utilised in Formula Renault. After a three-year stint that saw Pic only manage one win and two podiums, the adaptation to GP2 has been rather impressive.
Team boss Adrian Campos agrees: “[Pic’s] work this season has been incredibly good; he never gives up and his results have not gone unnoticed. We’re sure he will be fighting for the title and we will support him fully in doing so. It is a pleasure to work with such a fast, mature and professional driver.”
There is still the matter of the 2014 season finale at Abu Dhabi, where Pic will be aiming to overhaul Johnny Cecotto Jr and Stefano Coletti for 5th in the final stanndings.