• GP2 news

Cecotto Jnr joins Arden

ESPN Staff
January 8, 2013 « Maldonado to continue 'aggressive' style | 'I am not crazy' - Grosjean »
Johnny Cecotto Jnr won in Monaco and Germany last season © Sutton Images
Related Links

Johnny Cecotto Jnr has been announced as one of the Arden drivers for the new GP2 season.

Cecotto joins the team from Barwa Addax, where he won his first two races in GP2 last season as he secured feature race victories in Monaco and Germany. Having tested for Toro Rosso in the Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, Cecotto also drove for Arden at the Jerez test and said he had immediately felt at home within the team.

"I'm delighted to have signed for Arden Motorsport," Cecotto said. "It's one of the best teams in current Motorsport with a great history too. We had the possibility to get to know each other in a test and straight away there was a great feeling between the engineers, mechanics and me. I feel it was the right moment to sign so that we have plenty of time to prepare for the Championship well and I can also prepare mentally and physically for the 2013 GP2 Series. The target is definitely to win the Championship and I'm sure that both the team and I have the potential to do so."

Arden's sporting director Julian Rouse said Cecotto's performance in the test had convinced the team it could improve on Luiz Razia's second place in last year's championship.

"It is great to have Johnny joining our GP2 team for the 2013 season," Rouse said. "He has shown great potential since he first joined the Series three years ago and he has developed strongly with the current car and the Pirelli tyres. We had an excellent test together in Jerez, finishing both sessions at the top of the time sheets, which assured us of his talent on track and technical ability to work with the team. I am more than confident that if we work hard together we can go one better in the Drivers' Championship in 2013!"