21 January 2014
Negrao joins Binder at Arden for 2014
Brazilian racer Andre Negrao has signed up for a year in GP2 with Arden International, alongside the already-announced Rene Binder.
Arden International completed its 2014 GP2 driver-line up on Tuesday with the announcement that Andre Negrao will be joining Rene Binder to compete in this year's feeder series championship.
The 21-year-old from São Paulo in Brazil has spent the last three years competing in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with International Draco Racing, but this season will move to the Banbury-based team originally set up by Christian Horner and his father Garry.
"Team Arden has always been a reference for many drivers," said Negrao on Tuesday. "Even before I arrived in Europe, the team was renowned as a top team, worldwide."
Previous drivers to graduate from Arden in the past include Sergio Perez, Heikki Kovalainen, Sébastien Buemi, Charles Pic, Luiz Razia, Jolyon Palmer, Bruno Senna, Neel Jani and Luca Filippi. Last year's line-up saw reigning GP3 champion Mitch Evans paired up with second generation Veneuzuelan racer Johnny Cecotto Jr.
I'm proud to be part of such a great Team, which is an active part of Motorsport history here in Europe," he continued. "I really can't wait to start my work with them, and drive the car at Abu Dhabi in March during our first scheduled GP2 common tests.
"It is also a pleasure to find Rene Binder as team mate," he added.
Arden's porting director Julian Rouse said that Negrao performances in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series had been one of the factors involved in the team deciding to hire him for this year's GP2 campaign.
"With Arden's involvement in FR3.5 as well, we were able to follow Andre's performances and progress closely over the last 2 seasons," he explained. "He produced some really strong results in what is a very competitive championship."
Arden was also watching when Negrao took part in the post-season testing last November at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, although they didn't actually put him in one of their own cars. Instead, Negrao got to play the field and spent a day each with Hilmer Motorsport, Racing Engineering and Carlin.
"Andre looked like he adapted very well to the car in the Abu Dhabi in the tests and so we are confident he can have a strong first season," said Rouse.
"There is always a lot to learn in GP2 as a rookie," he added. "The important thing is that he fits in well with the team and works hard and we have no doubt he will do that."
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