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Hungary: Teixeira to replace Ceccon at Trident
24 July 2013
Ricardo Teixeira will return to GP2 Series race duty this weekend in Hungary, when he takes over the #21 Trident Racing car from Kevin Ceccon.
It will be the 28-year-old Angolan racer's 45th race start in the feeder series, and his first outing for the former Lotus F1 test driver since the end of the 2012 season when he was competing full-time for the Rapax team.
He will be paired up with Frenchman Nathanael Berthon, who continues to claim Trident's other race seat.
Teixeira made his GP2 début with Trident back in 2009, before concentrating on Formula One and Formula Two in 2010-2011. Teixeira has yet to score any points in the series to date and will be hoping that his luck changes in Budapest this weekend.
He replaces 19-year-old Italian driver Kevin Ceccon, who was involved in a nasty starting grid accident in feature race at the last round of the GP2 Series held at the Nurburgring in Germany at the start of July.
When the lights went out, Ceccon found himself sandwiched between his team mate Berthon and ART's Daniel Abt, and contact flipped him over into a roll that took him into the back of MP Motorsport's Adrian Quaife-Hobbs who has stalled ahead of them on the grid.
While all drivers were reported to be uninjured, Ceccon's car was too badly damaged to be repaired in time for the Sunday sprint race and so he took no part in the second race of the weekend.
Ceccon is currently in 15th place in the drivers championship with 28 points, thanks to four back-to-back points-scoring finishes that included a runner-up position on the podium in the Monaco feature race.
In 2011 Ceccon spent half a season in GP2 with Coloni, before deciding to opt out of the feeder series in order to concentrate on successfully clinching the AutoGP World Series title. He then spent a year competing in GP3 before returning to GP2 again with Trident at the start of 2013.
It's not clear why Ceccon has stepped aside from the team this weekend, or for how long the replacement is expected to last. Teixeira's stint behind the wheel might prove to be just for Hungary, or it might end up being for a longer duration.
Asked whether Teixeira's deal was for the full year, Trident's official Twitter account responded: "It is still not confirmed."
Ceccon also tweeted after the announcement, but only to say that "Now is official so I can say that I will not do the #hungarygp with @trident_team in @GP2_Official."
The Hungaroring hosts the seventh weekend of the 2013 GP2 Series championship, with rounds in Belgium, Italy and Singapore to follow before the season finale in Abu Dhabi on November 2/3.
Practice for this weekend's race is scheduled for 12 noon (11am BST) on Friday, with qualifying following the conclusion of F1 Free Practice 2 at 3.55pm (2.55pm BST) later the same day.
The 37-lap feature race will start at 3.40pm (2.40pm BST) on Saturday afternoon following F1 qualifying, with the 28-lap sprint race getting the green light at 10.35am (9.35am BST) on Sunday morning.
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