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DAMS opt for Ericsson and Richelmi

The reigning GP2 championship-winning team AMS have opted for signing up Marcus Ericsson to lead their 2013 campaign, alongside new team mate Stephane Richelmi.
Sweden's Marcus Ericsson has landed one of the most sought-after race seats in GP2, with confirmation that he's stepping into the lead role at DAMS for the 2013 season.

DAMS have been behind the last two successful championship campaigns, with Romain Grosjean clinching the 2011 title with the team and Davide Valsecchi following in his footsteps this year. Now the French team will seek to extend that run in 2013 with Ericsson.

"I'm extremely proud to get the opportunity to drive for the DAMS team," said Ericsson. "Their results over the last couple of years say it all."

Ericsson has been competing in the feeder series full time since 2012 when he made his debut with Super Nova and claimed his first sprint race win at Valencia. In the most recent two season he's been competing with iSport, and claimed his first feature race win this season with victory at Spa on his way to finishing eighth in the championship.

With Valsecchi no longer eligible to compete in GP2 after winning the title, and the team's second driver in 2012 Felipe Nasr already signed up for next season by Carlin, DAMS found themselves in need of an all-new line-up for next season and duly went to work auditioning drivers at the four post-season test days at Barcelona in October and Jerez in November.

"After testing successfully together in the Jerez post-season tests, there were no doubts as to where I wanted to be in 2013," said Ericsson, who spent a day with the team at Jerez. "The preparations for next year have already started and I feel ready to fight at the front of the championship together with DAMS.”

Other drivers who tested with DAMS after the end of the season were Nigel Melker, Arthur Pic, Sergey Sirotkin, Mitch Evans and Rio Haryanto. Stephane Richelmi also spent a day with the team at Jerez in November, and was ultimately the choice of team CEO Jean-Paul Driot to pair with Ericsson.

"I'm delighted that Marcus and Stéphane have signed with us for 2013," said Driot. "Both have experience in GP2 and they're bringing us a perfect combination of maturity and fieriness."

Richelmi made his GP2 début in the final race of the 2011 season at Monza as a stand-in for the injured Stefano Coletti, and was retained by Trident for a full rookie season in 2012 that saw him win his first podium at Silverstone.




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Stephane Richelmi (MON) tests with Trident Racing during the first day of post-season testing at Jerez in Spain on November 22 2012. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service)
Stephane Richelmi (MON, Trident Racing) at the Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany 21st July 2012. (World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service)
Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) during post-season testing at Jerez on 23 November 2012. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service)
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) at Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore. 23rd September 2012. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Marcus Ericsson (SWE) tests with DAMS during the first day of post-season testing at Jerez in Spain on November 22 2012. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service)
Marcus Ericsson (SWE) tests with DAMS during the first day of post-season testing at Jerez in Spain on November 22 2012. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service)
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Alex Lynn - DAMS
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2015 GP2 Series Test 3. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Wednesday 2 December 2015. Nicholas Latifi (CAN, DAMS) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Test 3. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Thursday 3 December 2015. Nicholas Latifi (CAN, DAMS) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Test 3. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Thursday 3 December 2015. Nicholas Latifi (CAN, DAMS). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 29 November 2015. The red flag caused by the crash involving Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS), Norman Nato (FRA, Arden International), Nicolas Latifi (CAN, MP Motorsport), Daniel de Jong (NLD, Trident), Sean Gelael (INA, Carlin). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Saturday 28 November 2015. Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS), leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) at the start Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 28 November 2015. Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME), Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS) and the rest of the field at the start of the race. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.

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sodesu - Unregistered

December 14, 2012 4:45 PM

Good news but this really is make or break for Marcus! I'll be rooting for him for sure but it'll be tough. He needs to win the title if he is to have any chance of getting to F1 I reckon. As for now I predict a three-way battle between him, Calado and Nasr!



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