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GP2 boss welcomes Meritus to Europe

GP2 CEO, Bruno Michel, has welcomed Meritus Racing's intention to race in Europe by 2011.

The Malaysian outfit, who are the only Asian team granted a license to compete in GP2 Asia, last week announced their plans to race in GP2 Europe in 2011 with an eye to be ready to compete in F1 five years later.

That plan moved closer to becoming a reality when Michel said he would welcome Asia's most successful racing team - who have won an incredible 32 international titles since 1996 - with open arms.

"Meritus have a special place in GP2 Asia, and I would welcome in advance, not only their participation in the third year of the GP2 Asia Series, but also if they decided to come to the GP2 main series in Europe," said Michel.

"Meritus have integrated well in the new world of GP2 and have shown they can compete at the highest level, a level of motorsport that has produced champions like Nico Rosberg, Heikki Kovalainen and F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton."

As many are aware, GP2 is the F1 development series for drivers and teams. One of the new F1 teams, Campos F1, have spent the last four GP2 Europe seasons training and developing their motorsport technology.

Meritus have similar aspirations and are taking a step-by-step approach to achieve their ultimate goal - to one day race in F1.

The first step is to provide the necessary training to develop a National Malaysian Motorsport Technical (MMT) centre and establish a place of engineering excellence to train Malaysian engineers and technical staff ready to design and produce formula cars for export and hopefully to design a Malaysian F1 car by 2016.

Meritus have clearly impressed Michel with their ability to secure podium finishes and fastest laps in GP2 Asia, despite racing against established European teams, who have the added advantage of testing during the European season.

"I was very impressed with Meritus' first season. In the second season, the team for different reasons did not capitalise on their first podium in Shanghai. A pity and I hope they get the result they deserve in their third season with us," Michel added.




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Hiroki Yoshimoto - QI-Meritus Mahara   [pic credit: GP2 Series]
GP2 CEO Bruno Michel [r] and Meritus Racing founder Peter Thompson [Pic credit: Meritus]
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates in parc ferme after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates with champagne on the podium after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International), Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) and Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) on the podium after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) & Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) on the feature race podium at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates win with his father Jonathan at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014.(Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates victory at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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