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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.)
Norman Nato (FRA, Russian Time) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Norman Nato (FRA, Russian Time) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Mitch Evans (NZL, Russian Time) 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.)
Alex Lynn (GBR), with Mitch Evans (NZL, Russian Time) during the first day of GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Thursday 27 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 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.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) & Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) on the feature race podium at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) on the podium at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Saturday 6 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Tom Dillmann (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 22 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Tom Dillmann (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 22 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Daniel Abt (GER, Hilmer Motorsport), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) & Artem Markelov (RUS, RT RUSSIAN TIME) at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Artem Markelov (RUS, Russian Time) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 22 August 2014. (Photo: Jed Leicester/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Mitch Evans (NZL, Russian Time) celebrates at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Saturday 19 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Mitch Evans (NZL, Russian Time), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrate at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Saturday 19 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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