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Dillmann confirmed at Russian Time

Dillmann can take comfort in the knowledge that the Russian Time time is largely a rebadged iSport, having acquired much of its assets and equipment - and even some personnel - in the deal to take over that team's GP2 grid spot in 2013. Dillmann's original successful GP2 Final début had been with the iSport team.

"His talent and experience will be key to our objective of taking Russian Time to the top of the standings this season," said Mazepa of the team's first-ever driver signing. "Moreover, I would like to add that I believe Tom can be a title contender this season as well. He has what it takes to win from the start.

"He can also be a very valuable teammate to anybody who wants to make an assault for 2013 GP2 crown as well," he continued.

The team principal added that no decision had yet been made about who would take the second seat in two weeks time in Malaysia: "We're currently looking for our second driver who will help us in our fight for the Series title."

As well as Dillmann, Russian Time also tried out Britain's 2012 Formula Two champion Luciano Bacheta, Switzerland's 2011 Formula Two runner-up Christopher Zanella, and current Sauber F1 test and reserve driver Robin Frijns during their three days in Barcelona.

Other teams still to announce their drivers are Trident Racing and Hilmer Motorsport. There are also single seats still open at Caterham Racing and Venezuela GP Lazarus.



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Tom Dillmann (FRA, Russian Time) during the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 7th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Tom Dillmann (FRA, Russian Time) during the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 7th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)
Tom Dillmann (FRA, Russian Time) during the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Tuesday 5th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)
Tom Dillmann (FRA, Russian Time) during the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 7th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)
Tom Dillmann (FRA, Russian Time) during the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 7th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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.)
Mitch Evans (NZL) Russian Time in Abu Dhabi for day 3 of pre-season testing on Thursday, March 13 2014. (Photo Credit: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Artem Markelov (RUS) RT Russian Time at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for day 2 of pre-season testing on Wednesday, March 12 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Mitch Evans (NZL) RT Russian Time at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for day 1 of pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service)
Russian Time team principal Igor Mazepa with lead driver Sam Bird in 2013. (Photo Credit: GP2 Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) and Tom Dillmann (FRA, Russian Time) celebrate with the team after helping them to clinch the GP2 Series teams championship at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Sunday November 3 2013. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) celebrates with the team after helping them to clinch the GP2 Series teams championship at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Sunday November 3 2013. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) is pushed off after stalling on the grid at the start of the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, November 2 2013. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) during Friday practice at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) during Friday practice at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) and Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) vie for the 2013 GP2 Series championship title. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) and Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) vie for the 2013 GP2 Series championship title. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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