Josef Kral will race for the GP2 teams' champions Addax this season after signing for the Spanish outfit.
2012 will be Czech driver Kral's third year in GP2. He raced for Super Nova in 2010, though an injury sustained in an airborne accident in Valencia caused him to miss half of the season. He switched to Arden for 2011, and scored podium finishes in the sprint races at Monaco and Spa.
21-year-old Kral joins Johnny Cecotto Jr at Addax, having spent a day testing for the team at Barcelona in October.
Kral shot on to the scene in Formula BMW UK in 2007 where he finished runner-up. He then spent two years in Formula Master, winning three races before making the step up to GP2. He tested for the HRT F1 team at the end of 2010.
“I am very happy that I got a chance to race in one of the most successful teams in GP2 ever,” said Kral. “It motivates me to work even harder and be on top in the end of the year. I am pleased that Barwa Addax Team believe in my capability and I am looking forward to this season. I would also like to use this opportunity to thank all the people who have helped me to make this happen.”
Team owner Alejandro Agag commented: “Josef Kral is the ideal companion for team-mate Johnny Cecotto because, despite the fact that both are young, they have had important experience of the GP2 series after having competed at this level over two full seasons, which is absolutely essential if you are going to have any aspirations to compete for the driver's championship.
“This healthy competitiveness between both our drivers will also help us to be in the list of candidates for the team title once more and guarantee joy for the fans in the coming season. We will provide both drivers with all the resources and experience they need to fight for the most important objectives and at the same time give these young drivers the chance to demonstrate the world that they are top class drivers.”