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Trident announces line-up for Malaysia

"I already knew a few of them before joining the team, and after spending some days with all of them, I can honestly say they are a great group of people, with a lot of experience and knowledge and with extra motivation to win," added the 23-year-old Frenchman, who previously competed in Formula Renault 3.5.

"They are people who build a real relationship with their drivers and communicate a lot, and in only three days of testing I have learnt a lot in terms of engineering and technical parts," he added. "I think I have all the ingredients to do a successful season and fight at the top!"

Ceccon meanwhile has the experience of half a season racing with Scuderia Coloni in 2011 to fall back on. Ceccon, now 19, then took the decision to pull out of the feeder series and instead focus on his Auto GP World Series campaign, a decision that came up trumps when he won that year's championship.

He pipped compatriot Luca Filippi to the title, the man who ironically replaced him in Coloni's GP2 seat for the rest of that season. Filippi went on to finish as runner-up in both competitions that year. Ceccon meanwhile graduated to GP3 with Ocean Racing Technology in 2012, and had not been considered a leading contender for a race seat in GP2 this year until today's announcement.

Ceccon will be up against it going into this weekend's feature and sprint races. Not only does the confirmation of his race seat come less than 48 hours before the cars turn out for Friday practice, it will also be the first time he's experienced the sweltering conditions in Malaysia.

"I will also have to get familiar with the Sepang track, but in spite of these challenges I can't wait to get back in the car," he said, adding his thanks to his management team of Stefano Zuech and Tiago Monteiro for pulling together the last minute deal to race at Sepang.

"I hope to reward their trust and that of Trident Racing's in the best of ways," Ceccon added.

Trident's announcement on Tuesday leaves only Hilmer Motorsport to unveil its driver line up for the two Round 1 races.

Round 1 timetable

Practice: Friday, March 22 - 11.55am (3:55GMT)
Qualifying: Friday, March 22 - 3.55pm (7:55GMT)
Feature Race 1: Saturday, March 23, 11.15am (3:15GMT)
Sprint Race 2: Sunday March 24, 12.15pm (4:15GMT)

2013 confirmed driver line-up

DAMS - Marcus Ericsson, Stéphane Richelmi
ART GP (formerly Lotus GP) - James Calado, Daniel Abt
Arden - Johnny Cecotto Jr., Mitch Evans
Racing Engineering - Julian Leal, Fabio Leimer
Carlin - Felipe Nasr, Jolyon Palmer
Russian Time - Sam Bird, Tom Dillmann
Caterham Racing - Ma Qing Hua, Sergio Canamasas
Barwa Addx - Jake Rosenzweig, Rio Haryanto
Rapax - Stefano Coletti, Simon Trummer
Trident Racing - Nathanaël Berthon, Kevin Ceccon
Hilmer Motorsport - TBA, TBA
Venezuela GP Lazarus - Rene Binder, Kevin Giovesi
MP Motorsport - Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Daniël de Jong

Related Pictures

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Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Ocean Racing Technology) during the GP3 Sunday race at Spa-Francorchamps in September 2012. (World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/LAT Photographic.)
Kevin Ceccon (ITA, MW Arden) during GP3 Series testing at Jerez in October, 2012. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Nathanael Berthon ( FRA, Racing Engineering) during day 1 of GP2 Series Pre-Season Testing at Jerez, Spain - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/ GP2 Series Media Service.]
Nathanael Berthon (FRA, Trident Racing) testing at Jerez, Spain. Thursday 28th February 2013. (Photo Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Nathanael Berthon (FRA, Trident Racing) testing on day 1 at Jerez - Tuesday, February 26. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Johnny Cecotto (VEN) Trident
Johnny Cecotto (VEN) Trident
Johnny Cecotto (VEN) Trident
Johnny Cecotto (VEN) Trident
Johnny Cecotto (VEN) Trident
Johnny Cecotto (VEN) Trident
Sergio Canamasas (ESP) Trident
Nathanael Berthon (FRA) Venezuela GP Lazarus
Nathanael Berthon (FRA) Venezuela GP Lazarus
Nathanael Berthon (FRA) Venezuela GP Lazarus
Nathanael Berthon (FRA) Venezuela GP Lazarus
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) & Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) celebrate on the podium at Silverstone International Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England Sunday 6 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident), wins ahead of Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) at the Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Sunday 22 June 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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