Simon Trummer will contest his second season of GP2 with the Rapax team, the Italian outfit announced earlier.

Swiss driver Trummer joins Rapax after two years driving for Arden, first in GP3 and then in GP2 in 2012. Teammate to runner-up Luiz Razia, Trummer scored points on three occasions in his rookie campaign, finishing 23rd in the final standings – last of those who took part in all 12 race weekends.

He tested for Arden and Caterham post-season before signing with Rapax to partner Stefano Coletti. European F3 champion Daniel Juncadella had looked set for the second seat at the team after testing for them, but will now have to get a seat elsewhere. The Spaniard was testing for Mercedes’ DTM team last week.

“I’m honoured to be part of Team Rapax,” said Trummer. “I followed their races in the last few years and I’m sure I’ll be able to take full advantage from some great support from them. I’m at my second GP2 Series season and relying on the help of the team will be key in achieving the results I aim for.

“I’m more motivated than ever and I can’t wait to be on-track and start working with my new team. I want to thank all the people that helped me to land this ride. Being able to run a second season in GP2 is a chance that some drivers don’t get and I hope to reward the staff which support me with the best possible results.”

Rapax CEO Andrea Bergamini: “We’re very happy to have Simon on-board for the 2013 season. Last year, making his debut in a tough series for rookies like GP2, he showed he is a consistent driver and adopted a really professional approach.

“We hope to contribute to his growth and we admit we’re looking forward to guide him to his maiden top-notch results in the championship.”