Spanish Formula 3 Champion Germ?n Sanchez has become the latest driver to sign up for the inaugural FIA Formula 2 Championship.

The 18th driver to be confirmed to the series before the first round in May, 19-year-old Sanchez graduates to the series having triumphed in the competitive Spanish series, winning four races on the way to the title for Campos Racing.

He follows in the footsteps of rivals Natacha Gachnang and Nicola De Marco in entering the fledgling series, as well as former champion and countryman Andy Soucek.

"I am very happy to be joining this Formula, it is a great opportunity. Formula Two is an important championship, the popularity and interest seems to be growing and growing.

"Everything is being achieved in a very professional manner and the organisers have attracted some great drivers from around the world. I am confident however, through my determination and hard work, that I can score some good results."

With the entry list close to capacity some four months before the first round of the season, MotorSport Vision chief executive Jonathan Palmer was thrilled to be welcoming another champion to the series.

"There has been great interest in Formula Two from Spain and I am delighted to add the Spanish Formula 3 champion to an increasingly impressive line-up for our first year. Germ?n follows Andy Soucek as the second Spanish driver to be confirmed and the 2009 F2 grid will now feature three of the top four drivers from last year's Spanish F3 Championship, which is fantastic.

"Germ?n has achieved outstanding results in his career so far, and will no doubt be pushing hard in F2 to achieve his ultimate goal of joining fellow countryman Fernando Alonso in Formula One."