Germany's Markus Pommer has become the latest addition to the FIA Formula Two Championship grid ahead of the 2012 season.
The 21-year-old steps up from the German F3 Cup where he finished seventh in the standings, scoring three podium finishes in the final three races. He finished third overall in his rookie season in the same series in 2009. He previously raced in ADAC Formel Masters and Formula BMW in 2007-08.
He sampled the F2 car during winter testing in Barcelona, ending up second fastest on day two, just 0.014s off the pace.
He has now set his sights on a top three finish in his debut season in F2.
“For me, F2 is the logical step after Formula 3,” he said. “It was great to drive the car during winter testing last year and I was very impressed with the power and features like the overboost.
“I learnt a lot from the two days and grew in confidence from session to session, as well as demonstrating good pace. My goal is to finish in the top three in 2012. I know it's possible as everyone has the same chance.”
Jonathan Palmer, Formula Two Chief Executive, added: “Markus has enjoyed a great deal of success in his racing career so far and is clearly an exciting prospect, so we're delighted he's competing in F2 this year.
“He adapted to the Williams F2 car remarkably quickly during winter testing and was impressively quick from the outset. I'm looking forward to seeing what he achieves this season in the equal environment of Formula Two.”