Sergio Sette Camara has moved to DAMS for the 2019 Formula 2 championship as he dovetails his efforts as McLaren test and development driver in Formula 1.

The Brazilian driver enjoyed a solid second season in F2 this year ending the campaign sixth place in the drivers’ standings with eight podiums and one pole position to his name.

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Having signed with McLaren to become its F1 test driver for 2019, and will act as understudy to former teammate Lando Norris plus Carlos Sainz Jr, Sette Camara will move to French squad DAMS as he targets climbing the F2 ranks next year.

“I’m really glad to join DAMS for 2019. The team is extremely well prepared, which I’ve seen first-hand when I went to the workshop and during the Abu Dhabi test,” Sette Camara said. “Through my career DAMS has always been a reference in Formula 2 and GP2 before that.

“It has had plenty of success across the various series it has competed in. I already know many of the squad members, especially the F2 department who made me feel really comfortable. It’s very satisfying when you go to a team and feel so welcome. I am looking forward to 2019, and believe we will have an excellent season.”

Sette Camara completes DAMS’ driver line-up in F2 joining the already announced Nicholas Latifi who will combine his efforts as test F1 driver at Williams in 2019.

“We are delighted to have such a strong team for the 2019 FIA Formula 2 season,” Jean-Paul Driot, DAMS boss, said. “We are excited for Sergio to come on board with us.

“We have followed him for several years and in 2018 he demonstrated his impressive speed with a lot of podium finishes. The goal is to fight for both championships, and Sergio should be in the battle for victories at every race. We hope to give him the best opportunity to showcase his skills next year, and earn an F1 drive in the near future.”