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."