Ex-IndyCar driver Coletti joins Campos for F2 opener

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Ex-IndyCar driver Coletti joins Campos for F2 opener
Valentin Khorounzhiy
By: Valentin Khorounzhiy
Co-author: Sergio Lillo
Apr 11, 2017, 9:04 AM

Monegasque driver Stefano Coletti will return to piloting a Dallara GP2/11 in 2017, as he has signed with Campos for the opening round of the new FIA F2 championship in Bahrain.

Race winner Stefano Coletti, Racing Engineering
Race winner Stefano Coletti, Racing Engineering
#32 SMP Racing BR 01 Nissan: Stefano Coletti, Andreas Wirth, Vitaly Petrov
Stefano Coletti, KV Racing Technology
Ralph Boschung, Campos Racing

Coletti, 28, contested four seasons in F2's predecessor GP2 between 2011 and 2014, racking up seven wins, all of which came in reverse-grid sprint races. His sole GP2 Asia Series victory six years ago was also a sprint race triumph.

After leaving GP2 in 2014, Coletti joined the now-defunct IndyCar outfit KV Racing, but couldn't gain a foothold in the series, losing his drive at the end of the year.

He piloted SMP Racing's BR01 LMP2 car in ELMS last year, finishing third in the standings.

The Monegasque is confirmed only for the opening round so far, but he is known to be in talks over continuing with the team after Bahrain.

"I am thrilled about what it means for us to have Stefano joining our team," said team boss Adrian Campos.

"Everybody at Campos Racing is very enthusiastic and we all are keen to start working with Stefano, a driver of the highest calibre."

The car that Coletti will run in Bahrain with was driven by ex-F1 driver Roberto Merhi and Raoul Hyman in the pre-season testing, the former having announced he was working to race in F2 with Campos this year.

However, Coletti has taken the seat in the Spanish team instead, with GP3 graduate Ralph Boschung confirmed in the other car for the full season earlier.

Canamasas back with Trident

Spanish driver Sergio Canamasas, also 28, has likewise been confirmed for the F2 season opener in Bahrain, joining Nabil Jeffri at Italian outfit Trident.

Canamasas, who raced in GP2 on and off between 2012 and 2016 and scored two Monaco podiums in that time, was part of the Trident line-up back in 2014.

With him and Coletti announcing their presence, all 20 entries are now filled for the Bahrain F2 round.

Bahrain entry list

TeamDrivers
Prema Racing

 Charles Leclerc

 Antonio Fuoco

Racing Engineering

 Louis Deletraz

 Gustav Malja

Russian Time

 Artem Markelov

 Luca Ghiotto

ART Grand Prix

 Nobuharu Matsushita

 Alexander Albon

DAMS

 Oliver Rowland

 Nicholas Latifi

Campos Racing

 Ralph Boschung

Stefano Coletti

MP Motorsport

 Sergio Sette Camara

 Jordan King

Trident

 Nabil Jeffri

Sergio Canamasas

Rapax

Johnny Cecotto Jr.

Nyck de Vries

Arden

 Sean Gelael

 Norman Nato

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