Arden International has confirmed its drivers for the 2016 GP2 Series, with Jimmy Eriksson and Nabil Jeffri forming an all-rookie line-up.
With the opening round of the 2016 season only two weeks' away, Arden was one of only two teams yet to confirm any drivers for the year ahead, but had been present during each pre-season testing session with both Eriksson and Jeffri.
Eriksson steps up to GP2 after three seasons at GP3 level, the young Swede a three-time race winner and top five finisher overall in 2014 and 2015.
“I am thrilled to be joining the GP2 Series field with Arden International this season. It's what I've been working towards and dreaming about over the winter, and I can't wait for the first race. GP2 is an extremely competitive series and I will have a lot to learn, but I really gelled with the team during pre-season testing and that's where we'll pick up in Barcelona in a few weeks' time.
“I think my experience of GP3 will stand me in good stead for this move, particularly in terms of track knowledge. The main difference will be the length of the races. I will need to learn how to take care of the tyres for a longer period of time, in a more powerful car.
“Having said that, our race simulations looked highly promising in testing, so I feel quite comfortable with that already. We will have to be realistic and take things step by step, but I'm massively looking forward to this new challenge.”
Malaysian racer Jeffri – a former German Formula 3 runner-up - progresses from a single season of European F3.
“I am very excited to be joining Arden International for my step into GP2 Series. We have had some positive pre-season testing sessions and I have enjoyed working with a team who are very professional and encouraging. I look forward to a great rookie season.
“This has been my lifelong dream and I very much look forward to living it out in front of my fellow Malaysians when we race at my home circuit later this year. The Sepang Circuit is one many drivers find challenging, so I hope my experience on this track will help my performance, and I will do Malaysia proud.”