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DAMS opt for Ericsson and Richelmi

Being picked up by the current championship-winning team is a big step up for the 22-year-old Monegasque, who is the younger son of former French Gravel Rally Champion Jean-Pierre Richelmi.

"I'm very happy and very proud to be a part of the DAMS family," he said. "I hope to fight at the front next year while helping DAMS to clinch another teams' title."

Richelmi explained that he'd put a great deal of thought and effort into ensuring he signed up with the right team for his 2013 sophomore effort.

"After a fairly difficult 2012 season I was determined to have a good winter test session to join a top team and improve in 2013," he said. "Thus, I drove for Lotus GP for one day, then with Trident, and finally with DAMS. I soon chose the reigning teams' title holder.

"The way the engineers work really impressed me," he added. "The team's level of professionalism is faultless and the very pleasant ambience makes you feel at home straight away."

Team boss Driot certainly felt that the combination offered DAMS the best chance of extending their run of success in GP2.

“We've been GP2 champions for the last two years and we're hungry for more titles - we had to recruit drivers capable of keeping us at this level," he insisted. "I'm convinced that we're going to enjoy another great season in GP2 with them."




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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)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) during the first day of GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Thursday 27 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) during the first day of GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Thursday 27 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) leads Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) and Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) at the start of the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Colleti (MON, Racing Engineering), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) and Arthur Pic (FRE, Campos Racing) celebrate on the podium after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at the start of the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) leads Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) in the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrate after the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) on the podium after the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) after qualifying at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 21 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/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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