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Arden opts for Cecotto Jr. for 2013 campaign

Arden International have signed Johnny Cecotto Jr. to drive for the team in 2013, with the young Veneuzuelan hoping to be even more successful that Luiz Razia was in 2012.
Johnny Cecotto Jr. will switch to Arden International colours for the forthcoming 2013 GP2 Series season,

"It is great to have Johnny joining our GP2 team for the 2013 season," said Arden's sporting director Julian Rouse. "He has shown great potential since he first joined the Series three years ago and he has developed strongly with the current car and the Pirelli tyres."

"I'm delighted to have signed for Arden Motorsport," responded Cecotto Jr. "It's one of the best teams in current motorsport, with a great history, too."

Although born in Germany, the 23-year-old son of motorcycle world champion Johnny Cecotto races under a Venezuelan license thanks to his father's nationality and enjoys solid financial backing from businesses in Venezuela.

Cecotto Jr. first raced in GP2 in 2009 with David Price Racing (DPR) and competed in his first full season in 2010 with Trident Racing before switching to Ocean Racing Technology in 2011. In 2012 he moved to the Barwa Addax Team, which rewarded him with his first two race wins in the competition - the prestigious Monaco feature race in May and subsequently victory in the Hockenheim feature before the summer break.

Cecotto Jr.'s 2012 season ended with four retirements in the last eight outings with only one podium finish - second place in the Monza feature - to brighten things up before the end of the season, which saw him in ninth position in the overall championship standings. Cecotto Jr. also undertook a Young Driver Test with F1 team Toro Rosso in Abu Dhabi.

Now he is hoping that a further change of team will result in better fortunes in GP2 this coming year, especially as Arden were behind Luiz Razia's challenge for the title in 2012 which so nearly succeeded in wresting the championship from ultimate victor Davide Valsecchi.

"I feel it was the right moment to sign so that we have plenty of time to prepare for the Championship well and I can also prepare mentally and physically for the 2013 GP2 Series," said the young driver. "The target is definitely to win the Championship and I'm sure that both the team and I have the potential to do so."

Cecotto Jr. and the team have already spent a day working together in post-season testing in Spain, which evidently made both parties feel that they would be a good pairing for 2013.

"We had an excellent test together in Jerez, finishing both sessions at the top of the time sheets, which assured us of his talent on track and technical ability to work with the team," said Rouse. "I am more than confident that if we work hard together we can go one better in the Drivers' Championship in 2013!"




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Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Barwa Addax Team) in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Barwa Addax Team) celebrates his victory in the 2012 Monaco feature race on the podium. May 25, 2012. [Photo Credit: Charles Coates/GP2 Media Service.]
Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Barwa Addax Team) crosses the line to take victory. Action. World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service
Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Barwa Addax Team) in action at Monaco [Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Barwa Addax Team) celebrates in Monaco. [Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Barwa Addax Team) in Monaco. [Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.] Ref: Digital Image AS5D2039.jpg
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.)
Mitch Evans (NZL, Russian Time) during testing at Bahrain International Circuit on Thursday 20 March 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
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Mitch Evans (NZL, Russian Time) during testing at Bahrain International Circuit on Thursday 20 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.)
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.)
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (GBR, Rapax), passes Jon Lancaster (GBR, MP Motorsport) 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.)

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JayC - Unregistered

January 08, 2013 4:18 PM

Cecotto obviously isn't a pay driver in the Serenelli sense.But he's a lucky guy to have had all that Venezuelan business support to allow him to grow into Gp2 over 4 years,when many equally as talented people don't even get 1. From a purely nationalistic point of view,support from British companies seems to very hard to come by -even when the world isn't gripped by recession. Even Calado might be stacking shelves if it wasn't for the admirable Racing Steps Foundation. But very few things in life are fair and equal,so there's absolutely no reason why motor racing should be any different I suppose.



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