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Marciello confirmed at Racing Engineering for GP2 2014

Reigning FIA European F3 champion Raffaele Marciello is the latest addition to the 2014 GP2 Series field, confirmed as successor to 2013 champion Fabio Leimer at Racing Engineering.
Racing Engineering has confirmed that Raffaele Marciello will lead its GP2 Series team in defence of its drivers' title in 2014.

The Italian, who succeeds reigning champion Fabio Leimer at the Sanlucar del Barrameda-based squad, is the latest FIA European F3 champion, having claimed the 2013 crown as a 19-year old with Prema Powerteam. Like Leimer, he was born in Switzerland, but carries Italian nationality – like another Racing Engineering success story, Giorgio Pantano. Despite his lack of years, Marciello is already a very experienced driver, having competed in karting for five years before moving into single-seaters in the Formula Abarth series in 2010.

For the last three years, he has been winning regularly in F3, and his success attracted the attention of the Ferrari Driver Academy, which aims to develop young talent with the aim of reaching F1. Marciello has stood out in each category he has contested, finishing third overall in the 2011 F3 Euroseries before finishing second overall in his debut year in FIA European F3, with seven wins.

Last year, he was even more impressive, scoring 13 wins and standing on the podium 18 times on his way to claiming the title, marking himself out as a coveted target for this year's GP2 campaign.

“I am proud of the choice to race with Raffaele this year and confident that his past experience and support of the Ferrari Driver Academy will be a benefit for Racing Engineering in our targets for the season,” team president Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón commented, “This confidence is also a result of the efforts and great amount of work that this team has been producing during these last years. With this, we are very happy to have among our ranks the current European F3 champion for the 2014 season, something that will motivate us even more to equal, if not improve, the results in GP2 that Racing Engineering had last season.”

Marciello, similarly, was delighted to have the opportunity to link up with the reigning series champion.

“I'm really happy to be a part of Racing Engineering,” he claimed, “It is one of the strongest teams and I feel best placed and very proud to be with them.

“GP2 is a fantastic platform because you can start learning more about tyre management and because you are also in the paddock close to the F1 environment. I am really thankful for the continued support of Ferrari Driver Academy and for the opportunity to race with my new team, I'm sure that we'll do a really good job together.”



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Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Trident Racing) during the first day of post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 5, 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Raffaele Marciello - Racing Engineering
Raffaele Marciello - Racing Engineering
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
The car of Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) is retrieved after a first lap accident at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) crosses the line at the end of race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with team mate Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) celebrates after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with his father Jonathan after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Race winner Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & runner-up Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrate with champagne after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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