Ex-Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov will link up with Manor in the FIA World Endurance Championship for 2017, joining its LMP2 operation ahead of the new season.

Petrov raced in F1 between 2010 and 2012, taking one podium finish and becoming the first Russian driver in the history of the world championship.

Petrov moved into DTM and then sportscars following his time in F1, enjoying his first full season in the WEC last year with SMP Racing, taking one podium finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Petrov will remain in the WEC's LMP2 class for 2017 after signing for the CEFC Manor TRS Racing team, completing its six-driver line-up.

Manor will field two cars once again this year, with ex-F1 racer Jean-Eric Vergne teaming up with Tor Graves and Jonathan Hirschi in the #24 ORECA 07. Petrov will race alongside Simon Trummer and Roberto Gonzalez in the #25 entry.

"We are very happy to have Vitaly join our team, it is great to add another big talent to our driver line up," Manor president Graeme Lowdon said.

"Vitaly has experience in WEC and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans so he is a very good addition to our team. We know Vitaly from our time in Formula 1, he is a very competitive driver and we are really looking forward to going racing with him in 2017."

Petrov will enjoy his first run-out in Manor colours over the two-day WEC Prologue at Monza this weekend before making his race debut at the 6 Hours of Silverstone on April 16.

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