Rapax to field Cecotto and McLaren junior de Vries in F2 2017

Italian outfit Rapax has announced GP2's most experienced driver Johnny Cecotto Jr. and McLaren junior Nyck de Vries as its line-up for the upcoming FIA F2 season.

Rapax to field Cecotto and McLaren junior de Vries in F2 2017
Johnny Cecotto Jr., Rapax
Nyck De Vries, Rapax
Johnny Cecotto Jr., Rapax
Nyck De Vries, Rapax, Johnny Cecotto Jr., Rapax

Cecotto has 119 starts in GP2 - a record that will now never be surpassed as the series has been rebranded as F2 for 2017 - while de Vries is stepping up from GP3. Both ran with Rapax in the GP2 post-season test in Abu Dhabi last year.

"Coming from the important announcement that saw the GP2 Series transition to the new FIA Formula 2 project, we are delighted to announce Nyck de Vries and Johnny Cecotto as our drivers for 2017," said Rapax managing director Andrea Bergamini.

"We worked really hard to make the two deals happen, especially after the great results scored in last December’s test at Abu Dhabi.

"In addition to their undisputed driving skills, Johnny and Nyck quickly established good chemistry with the team, laying great foundations on which to build a challenging yet already fascinating 2017 season."

Venezuelan driver Cecotto, 27, has started at least one race in each GP2 campaign since 2009 and has taken four race victories in that time.

His best championship finish is fifth place with Trident in 2014.

De Vries, 22, has been a McLaren junior since his karting days and has two junior single-seater titles to his name, in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and Alps categories from 2014.

The Dutchman finished sixth in GP3 last year and was on the radar of the Ferrari GT programme ahead of the coming season, but will now continue in junior single-seaters and retain McLaren's support.

2017 FIA F2 driver line-up so far:

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

TBA

MP Motorsport

 Sergio Sette Camara

 Jordan King

Trident

 Nabil Jeffri

TBA

Rapax

Johnny Cecotto Jr.

Nyck de Vries

Arden

 Sean Gelael

 Norman Nato

shares
comments
Campos “working together” with Merhi over F2 entry

Previous article

Campos “working together” with Merhi over F2 entry

Next article

King rules out staying in F2 past 2017

King rules out staying in F2 past 2017
Load comments
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Prime

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds Prime

The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds

It's a long way from Pukekohe New Zealand to Milton Keynes, but Red Bull's Kiwi protege Liam Lawson has defied plenty of odds to reach the rung below F1. He's endured disappointment since winning on his F2 debut in Bahrain, but is determined to turn his season around and prove himself worthy of a place on the F1 grid

FIA F2
Jul 27, 2021
How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season Prime

How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season

Having impressed in Formula 3, Juri Vips looked to be next cab off the rank in Red Bull's prestigious Junior Team before his 2020 schedule was dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a tough start to life in Formula 2, Vips is showing signs of a recovery - could he be the first Estonian to reach Formula 1?

FIA F2
Jun 14, 2021
How F1 hopeful Pourchaire is re-writing the F2 record books Prime

How F1 hopeful Pourchaire is re-writing the F2 record books

He'd marked himself out as a star of the future in last year's FIA Formula 3 championship, but 17-year-old Theo Pourchaire underlined his credentials by winning his first Formula 2 race in the Monaco feature. Sauber junior status gives him a clear route to the top, but with wisdom beyond his years, he's not getting caught up in his own hype.

FIA F2
Jun 3, 2021
The F1 hopeful living two lives to keep his dream alive Prime

The F1 hopeful living two lives to keep his dream alive

Having lost his backing from Red Bull, Richard Verschoor has had to graft to continue his ascent up the single-seater ladder. An impressive Formula 2 debut in Bahrain, despite the lateness of his deal, shows his unorthodox approach is paying dividends.

FIA F2
Apr 22, 2021
Was Formula 2’s radical format switch a success? Prime

Was Formula 2’s radical format switch a success?

Going into the 2021 Formula 2 season the biggest talking point wasn’t about any drivers or teams, but the new race weekend format. Created partly out of financial necessity but also to spice up the action, the Bahrain opener provided a snapshot of the positives and negatives to come.

FIA F2
Apr 4, 2021
Why 2021 is make-or-break for the driver F1 needs Prime

Why 2021 is make-or-break for the driver F1 needs

He was tipped for glory in FIA Formula 2 last year, but was hampered by reliability woes at inopportune moments. Guanyu Zhou knows he won't get too many more chances if he is to become China's first F1 driver, with fierce competition within the ranks of Alpine's junior stable

FIA F2
Mar 25, 2021
Ranked! Carlin's greatest F1 graduates Prime

Ranked! Carlin's greatest F1 graduates

Carlin has helped guide enough drivers to Formula 1 to fill out an entire grid, plus a handful of reserves, to create a remarkable alumni list. With Yuki Tsunoda set to join that group, Motorsport.com has ranked its graduates to grace the grand prix scene...

Formula 1
Feb 22, 2021