P1 Motorsport has confirmed it's line-up for the 2010 World Series by Renault after signing 2009 Le Mans Series winner Jan Charouz and 2009 British F3 runner-up Walter Grubmuller.
The move will be a significant step for Charouz and Grubmuller into the highly-regarded series, however P1 Motorsport team principal Roly Vincini is confident that they will both deliver.
“We've very pleased to bring Jan and Walter on board for 2010, and while it's going to be tough with two rookie drivers, as a team we have the experience and knowledge to be competitive,” he stated.
“Both drivers will be given the necessary support to develop their capabilities during various test programmes and throughout the season – and while we will be targeting podium finishes for both drivers, as the season progresses we can hopefully begin to compete for race wins. I look forward to working together with both Jan and Walter in what will be a challenging year for them.”
For the past three years, Charouz has focused his efforts on sports cars racing in the prestigious LMP1 class. Prior to this, the Czech driver also found success in singleseaters, winning the 2006 F3000 International Masters series.
“P1 Motorsport is an excellent team and very professional - I'm looking forward to the experience I will gain in the World Series by Renault,” said the 22-year-old. “I hope to get accustomed to single-seater racing again, so that I can achieve good results in 2010.”
Grubmuller meanwhile joins the team after a highly competitive third season in the British F3 Championship. He now hopes to use the World Series by Renault as a springboard to F1.
"This marks a new stage and challenge in my career, as I believe the World Series by Renault is the best feeder series to F1, having produced drivers such as Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica.
"I'm aiming to be consistently in the points and I am very much look forward to the season ahead," he summed-up.