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iSport signs Ericsson for 2012 and GP2 Final

Marcus Ericsson has signed up to stay at iSport International for the 2012 season, and will also compete in the GP2 Final for the team alongside Tom Dillman.
Sweden's Marcus Ericsson has been confirmed as having signed up to return to iSport International as their lead driver for 2012, after enjoying a successful partnership in this year's championship.

"Having seen Marcus develop into a real front runner in 2011, everyone at iSport are delighted to have Marcus on board for yet another season in which we are hoping to challenge for the title", said iSport team principal Paul Jackson.

"I couldn't be happier," said 22-year-old Ericsson, who said that he believed that with "the continuity from last year, I feel confident we will be competitive to challenge for the championship".

Ericsson will also compete for the team at the GP2 Final event at Abu Dhabi in ten days' time, where he will be paired with the 21-year-old French driver Tom Dillmann fresh from competing in the GP3 Series.

"Tom has shown great pace and capacity to learn in the recent tests and has demonstrated that he is ready to move up from the GP3 Series," said Jackson in a team press release. "As a GP3 graduate, he is eligible for the special prize fund and we will be hoping to help him secure a share of that."

GP2 tyre suppliers Pirelli are offering a cash prize of 15,000 Euros to the most successful of this year's GP3 drivers who enter the GP2 Final. The GP3 graduate with the most points at the end of the feature and sprint races will get the cash, with a second prize of 10,000 Euros also on offer.

Depending on his performance at Yas Marina, Dillmann may also be in with a chance of securing the seat for the full 2012 GP2 Season, but iSport are not yet making any announcements about who Ericcson's team mate will be next year. Britain's Sam Bird partnered Ericsson in 2011.

Other than Ericcson, only two other drivers are currently confirmed for 2012 - Esteban Gutierrez and James Calado, who have both been signed up by Lotus ART for a full season outing as well as appearing in Abu Dhabi.

Meanwhile Trident Racing have also unveiled their driver line up for the GP2 Final, which will be the support event to the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi on 11-13 November.

After sampling both drivers at the recent two-day test sessions in Jerez and Barcelona, Trident have opted to give race seats for the weekend to Julian Leal and St├ęphane Richelmi.

Colombian racing driver Leal has just completed a full season in GP2 with Rapax, while Monaco's Richelmi made the jump up from Formula Renault 3.5 Series with a GP2 debut for Trident at the season finale in Monza in September, replacing his injured compatriot Stefano Coletti who had suffered back injuries during the previous race weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.

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Stephane Richelmi (MON, Trident Racing) replaces Stefano Coletti at Monza. [Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Julian Leal (COL, Rapax) during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. Spain in October 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. Spain. Wednesday 19th October 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
Tom Dillmann, (FRA, iSport) signs up for the GP2 Final with iSport, after a season in GP3 with Addax. [Photo Credit: Drew Gibson/GP3 Media Service ref:
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. Spain. Wednesday 19th October 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
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November 01, 2011 8:04 PM

This is good news indeed! Continuity, experience and a pretty good team behind him too, all the ingredients should be there. This season will really be make or break for Marcus... Constant podiums will be needed if he is to break into F1. Looking forward to seeing what he can do! Being Swedish is probably a bit of a handicap in general in racing, he will most likely never be able to make it on sponsorship money so he'll only have his talent to rely on. I'm actually amazed that Olsbergs have been able to cough up a GP2 sponsorship TBH, they are not that big a company. Anyway best of luck to Marcus, nice to know he's been given a great opportunity at iSport and it would be awesome to see a Swede challenge for the title and ultimately break into F1, it's been way too long since we've had someone to cheer for! :)

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