GP2 series newcomer Trident Racing has revealed that Andreas Zuber will join Gianmaria Bruni in its first ever campaign in the F1 feeder series, having completed a deal with the Austrian tonight [Tuesday].

Zuber, who raced in the World Series by Renault with Carlin Motorsport in 2005, becomes the first WS driver to make the switch to GP2 for 2006, although others are expected to follow in the coming weeks.

Despite being yet to test, Trident has become the first GP2 team to complete its line-up for next season, having inked Bruni's name to a contract at the time of its confirmation as the series' 13th entry. The Italian-based team, formed by Bruni's manager Maurizio Salvadori, Dutch soccer star Clarence Seedorf, Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti and former racer Massimo Sigala, will not get its first chassis until early in the New Year, and won't be able to test either Bruni or Zuber until the first collective sessions of 2006.

The team, however, has filled its complement of staff, and is hoping that Zuber - who has tested with ART, BCN and iSport in recent weeks - will benefit from Bruni's year of experience in the series.

"We have chosen Zuber from many candidates," revealed team owner Salvadori, "We think he is a talented and fast driver and, because of the professionalism he showed during the recent GP2 tests, we are sure we will reach excellent results together."

Zuber, who takes Dominator Yacht sponsorship to the team, admitted that he had no second thoughts about joining Trident, despite its lack of experience in GP2.

"I'm happy because I get the chance to drive for professionals with huge race experience," he said of the team as a whole, "I met them personally just two weeks ago and was immediately impressed by the way they work and their commitment to racing. I also recognised their great team spirit, which is exactly what you need to be a winner. Next year will be a success for sure."

 

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