Nathanael Berthon has been retained by Lazarus for a second year with the team in GP2.

2015 will mark the French driver's fourth season in the series after debuting in 2012 with Racing Engineering, before switching to Trident Racing a year after.

The 25-year-old claimed his only GP2 victory to date with Trident in the 2013 Hungary Sprint race. Berthon notched up four points-scoring finishes last season and re-joins the team for a second consecutive year.

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"We improved throughout the [2014] season and we're proud to have Nathana?l back with us again," Lazarus team principal Tancredi Pagiaro said. "We count on the hard work of all of us, but with a new name, back to the place in the classification that counts. Our long-time sponsors are now joined by a solid hand from Verona's financial syndicate SO.GE.PA. They are an added value to the upcoming season, which has been crucial for Berthon's confirmation."

Berthon is delighted to return to GP2 with Lazarus and is targeting a stronger season than last year which saw him finish a disappointing 20th in the drivers' standings.

"I am very pleased to be back in the Lazarus family," Berthon said. "Thanks to them, I can race again in GP2. I would like also to say that I am very confident, because I know how the performance has been through the entire 2014 season. We became better and better throughout the entire previous year. We're starting now with a good base and much more experience than in 2014. I will do my best to make the Lazarus colours shine on podiums through 2015".

Pagiaro explained the decision to reinstate Berthon for a second season was down to the team seeking consistency to improve its performances in 2015.

"In such a competitive championship, with the few days of winter tests and the impossibility to have further tests on the tracks during the season, we understood the difficulties of developing a car around the needs of the driver; this is why we chose continuity, which also has to be seen as a mutual decision."