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Matsushita, Fukuzumi retained by ART for 2017

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Matsushita, Fukuzumi retained by ART for 2017
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Feb 13, 2017, 4:29 AM

Honda junior drivers Nobuharu Matsushita and Nirei Fukuzumi will both stay with ART Grand Prix in 2017, racing in GP2 and GP3 respectively.

Nobuharu Matsushita, ART Grand Prix
Nobuharu Matsushita, ART Grand Prix
Nobuharu Matsushita, ART Grand Prix
Nirei Fukuzumi, ART Grand Prix
Nirei Fukuzumi, ART Grand Prix

Matsushita and Fukuzumi both raced on the Formula 1 support bill last year with the French squad, and a statement from Honda on Monday confirmed that the Japanese duo will stay put for the upcoming season.

For Matsushita, it will mark a third successive season in GP2, the 23-year-old finishing 11th in the standings last year after picking up his second career win in the Monaco sprint race.

He will be partnered in 2017 by GP3 graduate Alexander Albon, though this has yet to be confirmed by the team.

Fukuzumi, meanwhile, stays in ART's GP3 line-up for a second season after making his debut last year, when he finished seventh overall with three podium finishes to his credit.

Mercedes F1 junior George Russell became the French team's first confirmed signing for the new campaign last month, while Jack Aitken and Anthoine Hubert are also both set to join the squad.

2017 GP2 driver line-up so far:

TeamDrivers
Prema Racing

 Charles Leclerc

 Antonio Fuoco

Racing Engineering

 Louis Deletraz

 Gustav Malja

Russian Time  Artem Markelov
ART Grand Prix

 Nobuharu Matsushita

 Alexander Albon

DAMS TBA
Campos Racing TBA
MP Motorsport  Sergio Sette Camara
Trident TBA
Rapax TBA
Arden

 Sean Gelael

 Norman Nato

2017 GP3 driver line-up so far:

TeamDrivers
ART Grand Prix

 George Russell

 Nirei Fukuzumi

 Jack Aitken

 Anthoine Hubert

Arden International

 Niko Kari

 Steijn Schothorst

 Leonardo Pulcini

Trident

 Kevin Jorg

 Giuliano Alesi

DAMS TBA
Koiranen GP TBA
Jenzer Motorsport TBA
Campos Racing  Julien Falchero
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Series FIA F2
Drivers Nobuharu Matsushita , Nirei Fukuzumi
Teams ART Grand Prix
Author Jamie Klein