Russian Time Retain Mitch Evans and Artem Markelov for 2015 GP2 Season


RT Russian Time will field an unchanged line up for the 2015 GP2 Series season with Mitch Evans and Artem Markelov returning for a second season.

New Zealander Evans, who won the GP3 Series title back in 2012, finished fourth in 2014 picking up six podiums and back-to-back feature race wins at Silverstone and Hockenheim.

20 year-old Markelov finished runner up in German Formula Three in 2013 and picked up 6 points in his debut season in GP2 in 2014. This helped the team secure 5th place in the teams’ championship.

After having a strong season in 2014, 20 year-old Evans is hoping to be competitive enough to challenge for the drivers’ championship, with only Stoffel Vandoorne as a higher placed returnee to the Series.

I’m greatly looking forward to another GP2 season with Russian Time in what looks like being another very competitive year,” said Evans.

We proved we had race-winning capability in 2014 and the goal has to be to build on that, put together a consistent programme and hopefully challenge for the championship.

Markelov has more modest aims for 2015. The Russian hopes to improve on his qualifying pace and tyre management.

I’m happy to be able to announce a second season of GP2 with Russian Time – It was a good environment in which to learn and Mitch is obviously a strong yardstick for me,” said Markelov.

Looking back at 2014, the series was a sizable jump from F3 and my qualifying pace and getting the best out of the tyres in that situation is the area I will be concentrating on.

Team Principal Svetlana Strelnikova said: “I’m pleased that we will have continuity for 2015 with both drivers.

It was a good team environment last year and Mitch and Artem worked well together.

Mitch’s six podiums proved that he belongs at the top level and I would be delighted if he can take the final step and challenge for the championship.

Artem’s race commitment was also a highlight of 2014 and will stand him in good stead if he focuses on his qualifying.