Ocean Racing Technology have signed Johnny Cecotto Jr. and Kevin Mirocha for the 2011 GP2 Series.
The Portuguese team ran Oliver Turvey and Andrea Caldarelli in the two-round GP2 Asia Series that began the year, but has changed its lineup for the main season.
21-year-old Venezuelan Cecotto, who has raced for DPR and Trident in previous seasons, drove for Super Nova in the Asia Series. However, he has now split from the British team and will race for Ocean instead.
“I am very grateful to Ocean Racing Technology for giving me this opportunity,” said Cecotto. “I will do my best, and I hope that we can fight for the wins that we deserve. It’s a sound team with very experienced members. I know all the GP2 Series circuits, especially Monaco, which I like a lot and where I finished fourth last year. My objective is to bring home some good results and to continue in the sport, and also to thank the team, sponsors, and Venezuelans for having confidence in me.”
19-year-old German Mirocha competed in the German and Euro Formula 3 categories in 2008 and 2009. Last year he was restricted to a part-campaign in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, where he took won win and finished ninth in the final standings after seven races. He is driving a GP2 car for the first time in the pre-season test at Silverstone.
“I am very happy to be entering the championship with Ocean Racing Technology,” said Mirocha. “It is very nice to get a start with such a professional team. I have everything to learn, but I am confident that with the team’s help I should be able to quickly find the right rhythm. I will be the youngest driver in the GP2 Series, but I am very confident.”
Team general manager Tiago Monteiro said: “The decision wasn’t easy but we are very happy with our choice. With Johnny and Kevin, we are combining youth and experience. Despite being so young, Johnny has some good experience in the GP2 Series and he showed that he was fast and that he has the potential to do great things.
“Kevin is a promising young driver. He has limited experience but has made a strong impression in every category he has raced in. Ocean Racing Technology is happy to find such young talents and we are more motivated than ever to continue making progress in the gateway to F1.”