Max Snegirev and Victor Guerin have both joined the FIA Formula Two Championship grid ahead of this weekend's races at Portimao in Portugal.
Both Snegirev and Guerin have been racing in Auto GP so far this season. For Snegirev this is a return to Formula Two after racing in the category last season, scoring three points finishes. He will continue racing in F2 for the remainder of the current season, which got underway at Silverstone two weekends' ago.
“I am pleased to return to Formula Two this year and look forward to driving the updated car,” said the Russian driver. “Despite missing the opening rounds, my objective is to build on last year’s experience and to consistently be in the top three and challenging for wins.”
Formula Two Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer added: “I’m delighted Max is continuing in F2 this year. I've followed his career since he started in Formula Palmer Audi and he's made great progress since then, as we saw several times in F2 in 2011. Max is yet to try the new Yokohama tyre which will require him playing a bit of catch-up, but I'm sure he'll continue to improve and regularly threaten the point scorers this season.”
Guerin stepped up to Auto GP from Italian F3 this year. At the moment it looks at though the Brazilian’s participation in Portugal may just be a one-off, perhaps as a way of getting experience at the Algarve circuit ahead of Auto GP's visit there at the start of June.
“I am very happy to be racing with Formula Two,” said Guerin. “I think it is a very good car to drive, and I know also that it is a very competitive championship, where I can learn a lot. I hope to do my maximum, and finish both races in a nice position.”
Palmer added: “It is a pleasure to welcome an up and coming talent like Victor to the F2 grid. Brazil has a history of producing some fantastic drivers and I look forward to watching Victor get up to speed in the Williams JPH1B. It is never easy jumping into a championship as competitive as F2 mid-season, but Victor's past experience should serve him well.”