Arthur Pic has joined Rapax for the 2016 GP2 Series switching from Campos Racing after two consecutive campaigns.
The 24-year-old French driver had been looking to leave Campos in order to secure a race seat at a title-challenging squad for the new season after regularly being on the cusp since stepping into GP2 in 2014.
The former GP2 race winner says he's thrilled to join Rapax and is aiming to launch an attack on the series title with the squad who helped Renault F1 driver Pastor Maldonado to win the championship in 2010.
“I'm delighted to be joining Rapax for my third campaign in GP2 Series,” Pic said. “I wanted to be part of a front-running team that can challenge for the title, and Rapax has shown over the years they have the pedigree to deliver very strong results. They were especially competitive and consistent last year and I look forward to building on this to enjoy even more success in 2016.
“The decision to join Rapax was also made easier when I visited the team and could witness at first hand the great family spirit and atmosphere there was at the factory. With several race winners returning to the series, this year is shaping up to be another hotly contested affair but I am sure we have what it takes to achieve our goals and we'll work hard all together to make it happen.”
Rapax managing director Andrea Bergamini says after a progressive 2015 he is confident the Italian team has the personnel and experience to fight for the GP2 title with Pic.
“After completing a positive season last November at Abu Dhabi, we at Rapax worked hard to lay some solid foundations for 2016,” Bergamini said. “The arrival of a talented racer like Arthur will enable us to start an early work program aimed at achieving some very ambitious goals in a championship which is renowned for the high level of competition.
“His trust confirms the valuable work done by Rapax in the recent seasons which culminated in a superb 2015 run among the championship's frontrunners. We are determined to continue on the same path and aim for the top once again.”
Pic will start work with Rapax at the opening pre-season test at Cicuit de Catalunya on the 9-11 March.