DAMS confirms Latifi for 2018, Albon for Bahrain only

DAMS has confirmed Nicholas Latifi as one of its drivers for the 2018 Formula 2 season, with Alex Albon joining him for this weekend's Bahrain opener.

DAMS confirms Latifi for 2018, Albon for Bahrain only

Latifi will stay in F1's feeder series, as well as within DAMS' ranks, for the third consecutive full-time season.

Formerly a Renault tester and now a Force India reserve, Latifi was fifth in last year's F2 season.

His pre-season preparation has been hampered by an infection, as he was forced to skip the Paul Ricard test as well as a planned outing in Barcelona with Force India.

Latifi said: "The aim after my 2017 campaign has to be winning the drivers’ championship, while also helping DAMS in the teams’ standings, which we were very close to clinching last season.

"Over my two years with the squad I’ve built up a really strong working relationship with them, and that will definitely help with the new car for 2018."

Despite being long thought to be DAMS' second driver for the season, ex-ART Grand Prix driver Albon is only confirmed for the Bahrain season opener for now.

"DAMS are very good at understanding and getting the best out of the package, so I’m confident in the team’s work," Albon, who was 10th last year as a rookie, commented.

"During the pre-season tests, I got on really well with everyone, and I like the way they operate.

"Racing with Nicholas will also be good, as he has plenty of experience, and we’re sure to push each other very hard this weekend."

The field will be completed by Roberto Merhi, who joins MP Motorsport but is only confirmed for the season opener.

The former F1 driver, who drove for the Dutch team in both tests, entered eight F2 races last year with a best finish of fifth place.

Additional reporting by Jacobo Vega

Entry list for Bahrain opener:

Team Drivers
 Russian Time

 Artem Markelov

 Tadasuke Makino

 Prema

 Nyck de Vries

 Sean Gelael

 DAMS

 Nicholas Latifi

 Alex Albon

 ART

 Jack Aitken

 George Russell

 MP Motorsport

 Ralph Boschung

 Roberto Merhi

 Arden

 Nirei Fukuzumi

 Maximilian Gunther

 Campos

 Luca Ghiotto

 Roy Nissany

 Trident

 Santino Ferrucci

 Arjun Maini

 Carlin

 Lando Norris

 Sergio Sette Camara

 Charouz

 Antonio Fuoco

 Louis Deletraz

 

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