Struggling Regalia Opts Out of Hilmer GP2 Team


Argentinean driver Facu Regalia has decided to leave Hilmer Motorsport, as the team did not meet his high ambitions.

The 2013 GP3 Series runner-up stepped up to the GP2 Series with the team at the beginning of the year, but in the eight races so far in 2014, he has a best finish of seventeenth, while he has failed to see the chequered flag in any of the Feature races.

Hilmer Motorsport have struggled all season, with neither Regalia nor team-mate Daniel Abt scoring a point so far. Regalia has made the decision to leave the team after encountering a number of issues that resulted in the Argentine driver struggling for results and form, with the Austrian round of the series being his last event for the team.

“After Austria I made the decision to stop competing with the team,” said Regalia. “I spoke to Franz Hilmer and I gave him a number of reasons: the team wasn’t able to have a competitive car, I had set-up problems, and engine issues throughout the season.

“What I know is that, with my results in the championship so far, my presence in this programme was over as of September due to lack of results. Personally I need a car to fight for top places, as I proved last year.”

The 22-year-old will remain under the guidance of the Sahara Force India team. He openly admits that a drive with one of the bigger teams such as DAMS, Racing Engineering, ART Grand Prix or Campos Racing could have been possible had he had the proper budget in place. He has also been linked to the inaugural Formula E series season that begins later this year.

Details of his replacement within Hilmer Motorsport have yet to be announced, with the British rounds of the GP2 Series taking place this weekend at Silverstone.