Simon Trummer will be back on the grid for the 2014 GP2 Series, after Rapax announced that the 24-year-old Swiss driver had been re-signed for a second season with the team.
"Continuing my motor racing career in the GP2 series is such a great thing, and doing it with Rapax, a team that feels like home to me, makes it even greater!" said the driver.
Trummer originally made his series debut with the Arden team, at the one-off GP2 Final exhibition event at Abu Dhabi in 2011 which saw him picked up by the team for the following season. He moved to Rapax at the start of 2013 to partner Stefano Coletti, and kicked off his year with three back-to-back points finishes.
"We had a good start this season, and after that we had to work and fight a lot," he said. Coletti surged into the lead of the championship over the opening stint of races, but fell back over the second half of the season and is now effectively out of the running for the championship in fourth place.
After that opening run of success, Trummer has managed to score only twice more during the course of the season (in the feature and sprint races in Hungary) and is currently in 20th place in the drivers standings. Despite the disappointment at how his 2013 campaign has progressed, Trummer is convinced that Rapax is still where he wants to be for his third full season in GP2.
"I know that together with the them, thanks to hard work and commitment during the winter, we can put together a really good season next year," he said. "I want to thank my sponsors, family, friends and Rapax for making it happen again!"
Rapax managing director Andrea Bergamini clearly feels that Trummer is ideally suited to taking the team forward in the next 12 months.
“During this season, Simon merged with the team in perfect fashion and showed constant growth in professional terms," he said. "For Team Rapax as a whole, carrying this experience on to 2014 is great news because we will be able to contribute to the growth of a strong driver who also has great team spirit.
"I want to thank Simon, his family and the sponsor that support him for having confirmed their trust in us as they rewarded the work done together in 2013," he added.
With the series only recently announcing which teams had been awarded a grid spot for the next three-year cycle of the sport from 2014 to 2016 (see separate story
), Rapax is the first team to confirm a driver for next season.
It's not clear whether Coletti will remain with the team for a further year, or even whether he will star in GP2 after this season's disappointing progression.