5 May 2014
Daly secures full 2014 race deal at Lazarus
Conor Daly has finally secured a full season in GP2, after signing a deal to keep him at Venezuela GP Lazarus for the rest of 2014.
Conor Daly will at last get his chance at a full season in the GP2 championship, after it was announced that he would take the #25 Venezuela GP Lazarus seat for the rest of the 2014 season.
Daly worked with the team throughout the pre-season testing in March, and then raced for them in the GP2 season opener at Bahrain in April on a one-off basis with no assurance that he would be back in the car in subsequent races.
But on Monday, just four days ahead of the second round of the year in Barcelona, Venezuela GP Lazarus team principal Nicolo Gaglian confirmed that Daly would be with them for the rest of the year.
"We are delighted to have reached an agreement for this season with Conor Daly, a driver we have followed in recent years in GP3 and that has now thoroughly impressed when he got behind the wheel of our GP2 test in Abu Dhabi," said Gaglian.
"Conor, despite having little experience with the GP2 car, knows the circuits having raced three seasons in GP3," he added. "He's a talented driver and we hope to reach good results together."
"This has been a long winter of uncertainty for me," said Daly. "The Lazarus team really has a great group of people. We have learned a lot so far this season and have more work to do, but I will give everything to the team to help achieve a great result."
Daly made his GP2 début at the start of the 2013 season in a one-off race weekend appearance in Malaysia with Hilmer Motorsport, before returning to his 'day job' in GP3 with ART where he finished the season in third place in the drivers championship. Daly also had the opportunity to make his maiden run in the Indianapolis 500 with AJ Foyt Racing, which saw him finish in a solid 22nd place.
The 22-year-old is the son of Irish former F1 and Champ Car driver Derek Daly, and admitted that his long-term ambition is unshakeably fixed on following his father into Grand Prix racing: "I am committed on my path to Formula One [but]. GP2 is where I want to be right now," he said.
Daly's appointment means that there are only two seats on the grid not to have had full-time drivers announced for 2014. Jon Lancaster drove for MP Motorsport at Bahrain alongside Daniel de Jong, while Trident gave Zimbabwean rookie Axcil Jefferies a trial run alongside Johnny Cecotto Jr, but no announcement has been made about whether either man will return for Barcelona.
In GP3, with only four days to go before the season opener in Barcelona, more 2014 seats have now been confirmed by the teams. Carmen Jorda was confirmed by Koiranen GP during the last day of pre-season testing in Spain, and New Zealand star Richie Stanaway was also subsequently confirmed for a full season with Status Grand Prix.
And this weekend, Jenzer Motorsport announced that its three-man line-up for 2014 would consist of 23-year-old Norwegian Pal Varhaug, 17-year-old Matheo Tuscher from Switzerland and 23-year-old Chinese racer Adderly Fong. All three drivers worked with Jenzer during the pre-season testing period.
That leaves just three seats as yet unconfirmed for this weekend's races. One seat remains open at Trident alongside Victor Carbone and Roman De Beer, while Hilmer Motorsport have two open spots with only 19-year-old Russian star Ivan Taranov currently announced by the squad.
Hilmer was only added to the GP3 grid in mid-March after Russian Time dropped out of its planned entry into the series following the untimely death of team principal Ivan Taranov. Hilmer will compete in the series with its three cars under Sahara Force India colours, along the same lines as a similar deal for their GP2 team.
GP2 drivers for 2014
#01 Mitch Evans (NZL) - Russian Time
#02 Artem Markelov (RUS) - Russian Time
#03 Felipe Nasr (BRA) - Carlin
#04 Julian Leal (COL) - Carlin
#05 Raffaele Marciello (ITA) - Racing Engineering
#06 Stefano Coletti (MON) - Racing Engineering
#07 Jolyon Palmer (GBR) - DAMS
#08 Stéphane Richelmi (MON) - DAMS
#09 Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) - ART Grand Prix
#10 Takuya Izawa (JAP) - ART Grand Prix
#11 Daniel Abt (GER) - Hilmer Motorsport
#12 Facu Regalia (ARG) - Hilmer Motorsport
#14 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (GBR) - Rapax
#15 Simon Trummer (SUI) - Rapax
#16 Rene Binder (AUT) - Arden International
#17 André Negrao (BRA) - Arden International
#18 Rio Haryanto (INA) - EQ8 Caterham Racing
#19 Alexander Rossi (USA) - EQ8 Caterham Racing
#20 Daniel De Jong (NED) - MP Motorsport
#21 Jon Lancaster * - MP Motorsport
#22 Axcil Jefferies * - Trident
#23 Johnny Cecotto Jr. (VEN) - Trident
#24 Nathanaël Berthon (FRA) - Venezuela GP Lazarus
#25 Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus
#26 Arthur Pic (FRA) - Campos Racing
#27 Kimiya Sato (JAP) - Campos Racing
* - not currently confirmed for full season
GP3 drivers for 2014 - as of May 5
#1 Alex Fontana (SWI) - ART Grand Prix
#2 Marvin Kirchhofer (GER) - ART Grand Prix
#3 Dino Zamparelli (GBR) - ART Grand Prix
#4 Robert Visoiu (ROM) - Arden International
#5 Patric Niederhauser (SWI) - Arden International
#6 Jann Mardenborough (GBR) - Arden International
#7 Carmen Jorda (SPA) - Koiranen GP
#8 Jimmy Eriksson (SWE) - Koiranen GP
#9 Santiago Urrutia (URG) - Koiranen GP
#10 Alex Lynn (GBR) - Carlin
#11 Emil Bernstorff (GBR) - Carlin
#12 Luis Sa Silva (MAC) - Carlin
#14 Patrick Kujala (FIN) - Marussia Manor Racing
#15 Ryan Cullen (GBR) - Marussia Manor Racing
#16 Dean Stoneman (GBR) - Marussia Manor Racing
#17 Ivan Taranov (RUS) - Hilmer Motorsport
#18 TBA - Hilmer Motorsport
#19 TBA - Hilmer Motorsport
#20 Pal Varhaug (NOR) - Jenzer Motorsport
#21 Matheo Tuscher (SWI) - Jenzer Motorsport
#22 Adderly Fong (CHI) - Jenzer Motorsport
#23 Victor Carbone (BRA) - Trident
#24 Roman De Beer (SA) - Trident
#25 TBA - Trident
#26 Nick Yelloly (GBR) - Status Grand Prix
#27 Richie Stanaway (NZL) - Status Grand Prix
#28 Alfonso Celis Jr (MEX) - Status Grand Prix
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