Davide Rigon is poised to become the second Ferrari development driver to make his World Series by Renault debut in 2012, having agreed terms to race for BVM-Target in the penultimate round at Paul Ricard.
The former GP2 runner and double Superleague Formula champion has been out of front-line single-seater action since breaking his leg in Turkey a couple of seasons ago, and has instead plied his trade in sportscars as well as being given a rare opportunity to link up with Ferrari as one of its principal simulator pilots. Now, just days after getting an even rarer chance to drive and actual Ferrari F1 car during the Magny-Cours 'young driver' test, Rigon will get back behind the wheel of a single-seater in competition.
“It's a pleasure to receive such an unexpected call, and I'm so pleased to race in a single-seater car again," admitted the Italian, who joins Ferrari reserve Jules Bianchi on the WSbR grid, "As shown at Magny-Cours, the accident that occurred in Istanbul is only a distant memory. I will have to work hard and I'll have very little time to do that, but I've always liked challenges. It will be so important to have a good start and quickly discover all the secrets of the car. I'd like to thank the BVM-Target team for thinking of me and I hope to pay them off with a good result.”
Rigon will indeed have little time to discover all the secrets of the WSbR Dallara, which is powered by a 530hp V8, and adapt to a weekend consisting of two races and two qualifying sessions, but more than 700km behind the wheel of the F2012 at Magny-Cours showed all that the Italian's in good physical shape.
“I'm really happy about this unexpected chance, and the challenge at Paul Ricard is another milestone, as it represents Davide's official return into an open-wheel competition," manager Giovanni Minardi commented, "It will be an interesting experience and he will face different challenges - driving an unknown car, working with an unknown team and competing with drivers who have almost raced a whole season.
"However, the Magny-Cours test showed he's in a really good shape and brought out that the car accident occurred in Istanbul is only a far memory. I'm sure he won't let us down and will help the team doing his best. I would like to thank the BVM-Target team for thinking of us and Davide.”