Matias Laine will remain with Strakka Racing for the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, it has been announced.
The Finn had a mixed debut season in 2013, and managed just three points finishes, although he ended the year on a relative high in Barcelona when he notched up a seventh place - his best result of the campaign.
“I'm excited about the season ahead,” said Laine, who will again be teamed with Will Stevens.
“Everything I learnt with Strakka Racing last year, coupled with the consistency of the team, gives me the opportunity to put the knowledge and experience I have gained in 2013 to my advantage in 2014.”
Mike Henderson, team manager and chief engineer for Strakka's World Series by Renault team, meanwhile believes retaining both Laine and Stevens will be advantageous.
“It's fantastic that Matias will continue to work with Strakka for the season ahead, having already established great relationships with the whole team last year. Matias contributed to the team's fifteen top ten finishes and helped secure sixth place in the teams' championship, above Lotus, in 2013,” Henderson remarked.
“Looking ahead to this season, I think the combination of an unchanged driver line-up and a fast car puts us in a promising position to challenge for both the drivers' and teams' championship.”
Strakka Racing's operations manager, Dan Walmsley added: “The team put on a dominant performance during the end of season test at the Motorland Aragon Circuit in November, which gives us great optimism for the season ahead. We have a lot to look forward to in 2014 with Matias, who will have an experienced and consistent team behind him.”
Laine will now drive the Strakka FR3.5 single-seater in private and official tests before the opening round at Monza in Italy in April.