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More drivers confirmed for GP2 Final

Max Chilton and Jan Charouz will race for Carlin in the GP2 Final, while Luiz Razia returns to Caterham Team AirAsia and António Félix da Costa débuts for Ocean Racing.
The driver announcements for next weekend's GP2 Final have continued apace, with Carlin confirming that they will be fielding Max Chilton and Jan Charouz for the non-championship event in Abu Dhabi.

English driver Chilton has already spent the 2011 season with Carlin in both the GP2 Asia and European seasons, giving him some valuable experience of the Yas Marina Circuit.

"I'm excited about the Abu Dhabi race, we raced here at the start of the year and were quick," said the 20-year-old. "Now with the experience we've gained as a team in 2011 we should be even stronger."

Chlton added that the "while track is wicked ... it sometimes feels like you're driving a computer game!" and said that getting a trophy was his aim in the last GP2 event of the year.

"Wwe're very pleased to be going back to Abu Dhabi with Max," said team boss Trevor Carlin. "We had a good race there earlier this year and we expect to build on that performance."

Chilton will be paired for the first time with Czech driver Jan Charouz, who has been racing in this year's Formula Renault 3.5 Series as well as being Lotus Renault GP's reserve driver for the past two years.

"I'm really looking forward to the experience," said Charouz. "I'm hoping to make the most of this last race of the season and I think Carlin will give me the car to do that. I tested in Abu Dhabi in 2010, so I do have some experience of the circuit which I think will be helpful."

"We're very pleased to have a driver of Jan's experience in the team," added Carlin. "This will be his first GP2 race so it will be a steep learning curve, but we expect him to cope well."

Over at Caterham Team AirAsia, 2011 team regular Luiz Razia has been confirmed as returning in the second car, following yesterday's announcement of a GP2 début for American race driver Alexander Rossi. Razia will also take part in one full day of the F1 test at the Yas Marina Circuit in the following week with Team Lotus.




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Max Chilton (GBR, Carlin) with Trevor Carlin, Carlin Team Principal, during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain in October 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
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Jan Charouz (CZE) during GP2 testing at Paul Ricard, France. [World Copyright: Drew Gibson/LAT Photographic.]
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