Williams F1 test and reserve driver Felipe Nasr will continue for a second season with Carlin for the 2014 GP2 Series, it has been announced.
The Brazilian, who made his debut at the wheel of the Williams-Mercedes FW36 during the recent Bahrain F1 test, had hinted at the time that he was seeking a full GP2 racing deal for the 2014 season to complement his reserve duties.
Nasr has now confirmed he will stay with the Carlin team for 2014 in an effort to mount a title challenge and break his victory duck, the 21-year-old having attained six podiums en route to fourth in the overall standings.
Joining Colombian racer Julian Leal in the British team, Nasr is confident he can head into the season as one of the title favourites.
“I'm really happy to be with Carlin this year, we had a tough fight on our hands last year and although we missed out on the championship through some bad luck and some difficult races, I think overall the season was very positive for us. We work very well together and it's a very easy relationship.
“This year I want to go one better and push hard to win the championship; with a strong team like Carlin, and the new rules in regards to the tyres I think we can do this. It's also going to be a great year for me to be involved with the Williams Formula One team and learn from them. I'll be attending every race this season with a strong attitude so can't wait for everything to start.”
“Everyone at Carlin loves working with Felipe,” added team manager Trevor Carlin. “He is a passionate driver, always works hard with his engineer and is a fighter when he races but most of all he's a pleasure to work with. He had an unlucky second half to his year in 2013 but I think he will be one to watch this season. We'll also be excited to see him in the free practice sessions with Williams F1.”
Also announced on Friday was Nathanael Berthon's return to the GP2 Series as the first driver to be confirmed by Venezuela GP Lazarus.
"I am very pleased to have the opportunity to remain in GP2 with Lazarus," said the 24-year-old Frenchman. "This season will be crucial for me and the team. We share the same objective: we will give our 100 per cent to become a top team and fight every race for a podium."
It will be Berthon's third season in the feeder series having made his début with Racing Engineering in 2012 which saw him on the podium at Spain and Hungary with sprint race runners-up spots, and then a season with Trident in 2013 that included his first race win in the series back in Budapest.
Confirmed drivers for 2014
- as of March 7
Mitch Evans, Artem Markelov
Julián Leal, Felipe Nasr
Raffaele Marciello, TBA
Jolyon Palmer, Stéphane Richelmi
ART Grand Prix:
Stoffel Vandoorne, Takuya Izawa
Daniel Abt, Facu Regalia
Simon Trummer, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rene Binder, Andre Nagrao
EQ8 Caterham Racing:
Rio Haryanto, Alexander Rossi
Daniel de Jong, TBA
Johnny Cecotto Jr., TBA
Venezuela GP Lazarus:
Nathanael Berthon, TBA
Arthur Pic, Kimiya Sato