DAMS believe that they have the 'best possible driver combination' for the coming GP2 season, following the signing of British Formula 3 champion Felipe Nasr that was reported by theCheckeredFlag.co.uk last night.
Nasr will partner series veteran Davide Valsecchi at the French team, who won the drivers' title with Romain Grosjean last season.
CEO Jean-Paul Driot is pleased to have signed a driver of Nasr's potential, and feels that the Brazilian youngster's promise combined with the experience of Italian Valsecchi (who is entering his fifth year in GP2) will create a pretty formidable lineup.
“I'm really delighted to welcome Felipe to the DAMS team,” said Driot. “We've known him and followed his progress since his Formula BMW days, and we immediately spotted his incredible potential.
“We'll do what's necessary to allow him to express his talent and develop it throughout the whole GP2 Series Championship. With Davide's experience and Felipe's fieriness and youth we've got the best possible driver combination.”
Nasr meanwhile says he is delighted to have the chance to race in GP2, and takes the opportunity to thank those around him, in particular new sponsors Banco do Brasil and OGX, who Nasr says will support him in the long-term.
“I am very happy that we managed to get all the details worked out and that I will be able to be in GP2 this year,” explained the 19-year-old.
“After Italy in 2009, the UK in 2010 and 2011 it is time for me to move again and head to France, thanks to the combined efforts of my family, my manager Steve Robertson, my Brazilian sponsors and of DAMS, I have a new home where to work, improve my driving and prove my worth.
“I have so much to learn and I am sure that with DAMS in GP2 and with a strong team mate, I am in the right place to learn the trades of the series and of the new tracks that I will face. Have to say that some of them I already know from the Formula BMW time, but it will be a tough challenge getting out of the British cocoon I comfortably was for the last two years.
“I have no word to describe how happy I am to be able to continue to wear the colours of Brazil with two strong Brazilian sponsors that believe in me and will be supporting my career in the long run.”