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Trummer signs up with Arden for 2012

Arden International has signed a deal with GP3 Driver Simon Trummer to race for the team in the 2012 GP2 season.
Arden International has decided on 22-year-old Swiss driver Simon Trummer as one of their two drivers for the forthcoming 2012 GP2 season.

MW Arden team manager Julian Rouse described the two-year GP3 veteran as "one of the most dedicated drivers I have ever worked with," adding that: "He has a huge amount of speed and potential and we will all be doing our best to reach that potential together throughout the season."

For Trummer, it was a dream come true. "Six years ago, I was with my dad and my brother watching the Formula One Grand Pix at Hockenheim, with GP2 support.," he recalled. "I said to them both, it would be my dream to drive a car like this one time in my life! Now, six years later, I will do my first season in such a strong series as GP2!"

After a season with Jenzer Motorsport in 2010, Trummer raced for the Arden GP3 team last year but had a difficult time of it early on, finishing in the top ten only once in the first 13 races of the season. But then something appeared to click, and in his last three races of 2011 he finished in the points on every occasion.

"Simon moved forward a lot with his performance at the end of the 2011 GP3 season and we are confident that he can continue that development in 2012," agreed Rouse.

Trummer went on to test with Arden at Jerez and Barcelona and was duly selected to drive for them in the GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi in November, where he tangled with Barwa Addax's Jake Rosenzweig in the feature event and was penalised for causing an avoidable collision that meant he was demoted to the back of the grid for the sprint race in which he finished in 15th place.

As a result, Trummer had to watch on from the sidelines as two fellow GP3 graduates, James Calado (now signed with Lotus ART for 2012) and Tom Dillmann, went on to finish on the sprint podium. That underlines the strength of competition that Trummer will be up against when he lines up on his first GP2 championship grid at Sepang in Malaysia on March 24, as Trummer knows all too well.

"I will do everything I can to take my chance and to be successful," he insisted. "To continue the season with Arden is another joy for me. They are such a great team with such good people in it, I really feel like I am in a family with them."



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Simon Trummer (SUI, Arden International) at the GP2 Final held at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in November 2011. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Simon Trummer (SUI, Arden International) on track during Friday practice at the GP2 Final held at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in November 2011. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Simon Trummer, (SUI, MW Arden) during GP3 qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps in August 2011. [Photo credit: Drew Gibson/GP3 Media Service.]
Simon Trummer (SUI, Arden International) during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain in October 2011. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
Jann Mardenborough (GBR, Arden International) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Julian Leal (COL, Carlin) at the start of Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), 1st, Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax), 2nd, & Julian Leal (COL, Carlin), 3rd, take the chequered flag at the end of Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer, Simon Trummer and Julian Leal celebrate on the podium after Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Julian Leal (COL, Carlin), on the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), 1st, Julian Leal (COL, Carlin), 2nd, & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), 3rd after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), 1st, Julian Leal (COL, Carlin), 2nd, & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), 3rd after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Rene Binder (AUT, Arden International), makes a pit stop on day 3 of the second GP2 Series pre-season test session, at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 21 March, 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Rene Binder (AUT, Arden International), makes a pit stop on day 3 of the second GP2 Series pre-season test session, at Bahrain International Circuit on Friday 21 March, 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
The helmets of Felipe Masr (BRA, Carlin), and Julian Leal (COL, Carlin). (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax) on day 1 of the second GP2 Series pre-season test session, at Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday 19 March, 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax) on day 1 of the second GP2 Series pre-season test session, at Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday 19 March, 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Andre Negrao (BRA) Arden International at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for day 2 of pre-season testing on Wednesday, March 12 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, MW Arden) during the third and final day of post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Thursday November 7, 2013. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)

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