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Giovinazzi, Marciello, Cecotto named in GP2 test entry list

Giovinazzi, Marciello, Cecotto named in GP2 test entry list
Nov 29, 2016, 1:57 PM

GP2's 2016 runner-up Antonio Giovinazzi, fellow title contender Raffaele Marciello and the series' most experienced driver Johnny Cecotto will take part in the post-season test at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit.

Antonio Giovinazzi, PREMA Racing
Antonio Fuoco and Charles Leclerc, Prema racing
Johnny Cecotto Jr., Rapax
Jordan King, Racing Engineering
Luca Ghiotto, Trident, Raffaele Marciello, RUSSIAN TIME
Alex Palou, Campos Racing
Alexander Albon, ART Grand Prix

Giovinazzi, who missed out on the GP2 crown by eight points to teammate Pierre Gasly, will line up with Arden for the first day of the three-day test on Wednesday.

The Italian will partner Sean Gelael, his long-time teammate through the junior single-seater ranks and in prototype racing.

Meanwhile, Cecotto will run with Italian squad Rapax, with which he saw out the 2016 season.

The Venezuelan will line up alongside Luca Ghiotto, who finished his debut season in the series with Trident in eighth place.

Trident will field Ghiotto's teammate Philo Paz Armand and Marciello, who raced for the team in 2015, the second of his three seasons in GP2 so far.

Marciello's spot at Russian Time alongside Artem Markelov will be taken by Manor development driver Jordan King for the first test day.

Teams' champion Prema has elected to field its newly-confirmed all-Ferrari 2017 line-up of Charles Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco, while runner-up squad Racing Engineering will give track time to F3.5 title contender Louis Deletraz and Rapax driver Gustav Malja.

Both Deletraz and Malja will complete all three days of the test with the Spanish team.

Nicholas Latifi will remain at DAMS for the opening day, joined by fellow Renault-affiliated driver Oliver Rowland.

At MP Motorsport, Sergio Sette Camara - who had become the first driver confirmed for GP2 in 2017 this weekend - will be joined by Italy's Salvatore De Plano.

Campos will field SMP's F3.5 race winner Egor Orudzhev and its GP3 driver Alex Palou, while Carlin has opted for an all-newcomer testing line-up of Mahaveer Raghunathan and Indy Lights frontrunner Felix Serralles.

Nobuharu Matsushita and Alex Albon will test with ART and are the two drivers likely to make up its 2017 line-up.

Day 1 line-up

Team Drivers
Prema Charles Leclerc Antonio Fuoco
Racing Engineering Louis Deletraz Gustav Malja
Russian Time Jordan King Artem Markelov
ART Grand Prix Nobuharu Matsushita Alex Albon
DAMS Oliver Rowland Nicholas Latifi
Campos Egor Orudzhev Alex Palou
MP Motorsport Sergio Sette Camara Salvatore De Plano
Trident Philo Paz Armand Raffaele Marciello
Rapax Luca Ghiotto Johnny Cecotto
Carlin Mahaveer Raghunathan Felix Serralles
Arden Antonio Giovinazzi Sean Gelael


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