The Arden International team has confirmed today Nicolas Lapierre and Michael Ammermueller for the 2006 season in the GP2 Series that will start on April 8th in Valencia, Spain. It will be the second year for Lapierre in the series and with ...
The Arden International team has confirmed today Nicolas Lapierre and Michael Ammermueller for the 2006 season in the GP2 Series that will start on April 8th in Valencia, Spain.
It will be the second year for Lapierre in the series and with Arden after claiming 12th in the overall standings with a third place best finish in his home race in France and a pole position in the inaugural race held in San Marino.
"After racing with the Arden team in 2005 and having enjoyed a strong winter testing programme I am delighted to continue with the team in 2006 and hope to go one better than Heikki's 2nd position in 2005. GP2 is an extremely competitive championship but I am confident that we can compete for the title", commented the 21 year old French driver.
Arden fought for the championship all last year with Heikki Kovalainen and lost it in the last part of the season in hands of Nico Rosberg and ART Grand Prix.
Lapierre will have an important opportunity in one of the most competitive teams of GP2 to achieve the title this year.
The new incorporation of Arden will be Ammermueller, a 19-year-old German driver.
Ammermueller participated with the team in the winter tests held in Paul Ricard showing good performances with the Dallara-Renault.
"I am really thrilled to be joining a team as successful as Arden. The GP2 Championship will be an exciting new challenge for me. I really enjoyed driving the car and working with the team during the winter tests and look forward to the season ahead", stated Ammermueller about his new team.
Last year, Ammermueller, who is a driver of the Red Bull Junior Team, competed in the Formula Renault Eurocup taking six victories and the sub-championship.
"Having won 5 races and led the championship for the majority of last year the Arden team are determined to improve in 2006 and in Nicolas and Michael, I believe that we have 2 extremely talented drivers", said the team principal, Christian Horner.
"Nicolas knows the team well and with continuity I'm sure he can be very strong this year. Michael has a very impressive track record in Formula Renault and after testing convincingly with the team, during the winter, I look forward to 2006 with high expectations", Horner finished.
Both drivers will be on action when the GP2 tests resumes in Paul Ricard on February 22nd.