Portuguese team Ocean Racing Technology have announced their driver line-up for the GP2 main series that starts at the F1 Grand Prix of Istanbul on May 8.
The team have signed Johnny Cecotto Jr., the 21-year-old son of Venezuela's 1978 motorcycle world champion and 1980s F1 driver Johnny Cecotto, and 19-year-old Kevin Mirocha who graduates from the 2010 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championship.
Cecotto Jr., who has dual German/Venezuelan nationality, has been racing single seaters since 2005 and has experience in Formula BMW ADAC, Formula Junior 1600 Italy, FR2.0 Italia Winter Series, International Formula Master and both German and British Formula 3 series. He has raced in GP2 with DPR in 2009 and with Trident in 2010, before moving to Super Nova Racing for this year's GP2 Asia mini-series.
"I am very grateful to Ocean Racing Technology for giving me this opportunity," said Cecotto. "I will do my best, and I hope that we can fight for the wins that we deserve."
"Despite being so young, Johnny has some good experience in the GP2 Series and he showed that he was fast and that he has the potential to do great things," said the team's general manager, Tiago Monteiro.
Mirocha has been racing since he was aged 13, starting with karting before moving through Formula BMW ADAC and Formula BMW World Final in 2007, ATS Formel 3 Cup in 2009 and Formula Three Euroseries in 2009. Last year he won one race and three podium positions in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championship.
"It is very nice to get a start with such a professional team," said Mirocha. "I am confident that with the team's help I should be able to quickly find the right rhythm. I will be the youngest driver in the GP2 Series, but I am very confident!"
"Kevin is a promising young driver. He has limited experience but has made a strong impression in every category he has raced in," explained Monteiro. "With Johnny and Kevin, we are combining youth and experience ... Ocean Racing Technology is happy to find such young talents and we are more motivated than ever to continue making progress in the gateway to F1."
Ocean Racing fielded Oliver Turvey and Andrea Caldarelli in the truncated GP2 Asia series that concluded at Imola last month. British driver Turvey does not yet have a drive confirmed in GP2 for this year, but took over driving duties at Carlin during this week's test session at Silverstone after regular driver Mikhail Aleshin was said to have withdrawn from the series "due to current budgetary issues."
“Unfortunately due to some funding problems Mikhail has had to withdraw from his GP2 programme, although he is working hard to secure alternative funding," said team principal Trevor Carlin. "In his absence, we have Oliver in the car who we know extremely well from previous seasons.
"We're still assessing all the options for our second driver for the season."