P1 MOTORSPORT CONFIRMS 2010 LINE-UP
P1 Motorsport has confirmed it's line-up for the 2010 World Series by Renault 3.5 Championship, after signing the 2009 Le Mans Series winner Jan Charouz, and 2009 British F3 runner-up Walter Grubmuller.
The move will be a significant step for Charouz and Grubmuller into the highly-regarded series, however Team Principal Roly Vincini welcomes the challenge: "We've very pleased to bring Jan and Walter on board for 2010, and while it's going to be tough with two rookie drivers, as a team we have the experience and knowledge to be competitive.
"Both drivers will be given the necessary support to develop their capabilities during various test programs and throughout the season and while we will be targeting podium finishes for both drivers, as the season progresses we can hopefully begin to compete for race wins. I look forward to working together with both Jan and Walter in what will be a challenging year for them."
For the past three years, 22 year-old Charouz has focused his efforts on sports car endurance racing in the prestigious LMP1 class. Prior to this, the Czech driver also found success in single- seater racing, where he won the 2006 F3000 International Masters series. Speaking about his upcoming season, Charouz said: "P1 Motorsport is an excellent team and very professional - I'm looking forward to the experience I will gain in the World Series by Renault. I hope to get accustomed to single-seater racing again, so that I can achieve good results in 2010."
Completing P1's driver line-up, Austrian driver Grubmuller joins the team after a highly- competitive third season in the British F3 Championship. The 20 year-old spoke about progressing into Formula Renault 3.5: "This marks a new stage and challenge in my career, as I believe the World Series by Renault is the best feeder series to F1, having produced drivers such as Vettel and Kubica. I'm aiming to be consistently in the points and very much look forward to the season ahead."
P1 Motorsport has competed in Formula Renault 3.5 since 2007 with much success. In 2008, the Norfolk-based team helped propel Dutchman Giedo Van der Garde to the driver's title, in a year that saw P1 take a solid third position in the team's championship. In 2009, the team reached the top step of the podium with British driver James Walker, and again managed to secure third position in the overall standings.
-source: palindrome sports