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Trummer added to Rapax line-up for 2013

Switzerland's Simon Trummer is to race for Rapax in the 2013 GP2 Series, putting him alongside the team's already-confirmed lead driver Stefano Coletti in this year's championship battle.
Simon Trummer has been added to the Rapax line-up for the upcoming 2013 GP2 Series championship, the team announced on Monday.

“I'm honoured to be part of Team Rapax," said the 23-year-old Swiss driver. "I followed their races in the last few years and I'm sure I'll be able to take full advantage from some great support from them."

“We're very happy to have Simon on-board for the 2013 season," said team CEO Andrea Bergamini.

Trummer moved into his maiden season in GP2 in 2012 with Arden, having previously competed in the GP3 Series. He had a fairly typical rookie year, with only three points finishes (his best result coming at Valencia when he took seventh place in the sprint race) but he showed impressive consistency and ability to stay out of trouble, recording just one retirement in the 24 races of the 2012 season.

"Last year, making his début in a tough series for rookies like GP2, he showed he is a consistent driver and adopted a really professional approach," said Bergamini. "We hope to contribute to his growth and we admit we're looking forward to guide him to his maiden top-notch results in the championship".

"I'm at my second GP2 Series season in and relying on the help of the team will be key in achieving the results I aim for," agreed Trummer. "I'm more motivated than ever and I can't wait to be on-track and start working with my new team.

"Being able to run a second season in GP2 is a chance that some drivers don't get and I hope to reward the staff which support me with the best possible results," he added.

Trummer will be joined at Rapax by Monaco' Stefano Coletti, who was confirmed by the team back in October almost as soon as last year's championship was concluded. Coletti raced for Rapax in the last two rounds of the year after parting company with Scuderia Coloni, which has now left GP2 and been replaced by newcomers MP Motorsports.

Coletti worked with Rapax in all four days of post-season testing, with the team also trying out Daniel Juncadella at Jerez and Barcelena. Trummer meanwhile attended the Barcelona sessions with his former team Arden, and the Jerez days with Caterham, before finally deciding to sign for Rapax this week.

Trummer's signing makes Rapax the seventh team to have confirmed all their drivers for the start of the 2013 championship, ahead of the first pre-season test session to be held back at Jerez in Spain on February 26-28.

DAMS, Lotus GP, Arden, Racing Engineering and Carlin have also all announced their drivers for the forthcoming season, and Barwa Addax confirmed on Friday that American driver Jake Rosenzweig would be paired with Indonesia's Rio Haryanto.

Venezuela GP Lazarus and MP Motorsports have each confirmed one of their two drivers (Rene Binder and Daniel de Jong respectively) leaving just Caterham, iSport, Trident and Hilmer Motorsports to make any driver announcements so far.

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Tom Dillmann (FRA, Rapax) during day 3 of testing at Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 8th March 2012. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Tom Dillmann (FRA, Rapax) on track in Bahrain [World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 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.]
Simon Trummer, (SUI, Arden International) during GP2 Testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. [World Copyright: Drew Gibson /GP2 Series Media Service]
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Gustav Malja - Rapax [credit: GP2 Series]
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Artem Markelov (RUS, RUSSIAN TIME) leads Robert Visoiu (ROM, Rapax) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 5 September 2015. Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS) and Sergey Sirotkin (RUS, Rapax) crash. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Sergey Sirotkin (RUS, Rapax) leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) Oliver Rowland (GBR, MP Motorsport) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 6. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 25 July 2015. Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS), Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS), and Sergey Sirotkin (RUS, Rapax) celebrate on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
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Robert Visoiu (ROM) Rapax
Robert Visoiu (ROM) Rapax
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