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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 d├ębut 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.)
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2015 GP2 Series Round 4. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Friday 19 June 2015. Artem Markelov (RUS, RUSSIAN TIME) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
Sunday 21 June 2015. Rio Haryanto (INA, Campos Racing) leads Artem Markelov (RUS, RUSSIAN TIME) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
Rio Haryanto (INA, Campos Racing), Artem Markelov (RUS, RUSSIAN TIME), Nick Yelloly (GBR, Hilmer Motorsport), Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) and Nobuharu Matsushita (JPN, ART Grand Prix) battle for the lead at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 4. Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Sunday 21 June 2015. Rio Haryanto (INA, Campos Racing), Artem Markelov (RUS, RUSSIAN TIME), Nick Yelloly (GBR, Hilmer Motorsport), Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) and Nobuharu Matsushita (JPN, ART Grand Prix) battle for the lead at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 9 May 2015 Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win on the podium with Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service

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