Arden have confirmed that Simon Trummer will step up to GP2 with them on a full-time basis this year.
The Swiss driver has raced in GP3 for the past two seasons, with the Jenzer team in 2010 and then with Arden last year. After scoring four points in his opening campaign he went point-less for the majority of 2011 – as rookie teammates Mitch Evans and Lewis Williamson picked up wins and podiums.
But he came on very strong towards the end of the season, claiming two fifths and a fourth place finish in the last three races. He then raced for Abu Dhabi at the GP2 Final at Abu Dhabi.
“Six years ago, I was with my dad and my brother watching the Formula One Grand Pix at Hockenheim, with GP2 support,” said 22-year-old Trummer. “I said to them both, it would be my dream to drive a car like this one time in my life. Now, six years later, I will do my first season in such a strong series as GP2.
“I will do everything I can to take my chance and to be successful. To continue the season with Arden is another joy for me. They are such a great team with such good people in it, I really feel like I am in a family with them. Finally, thanks to my team who is working for me for a long time, without them I never would be in GP2, they did an unbelievable job.”
Arden's Julian Rouse added: “It's great to have Simon as part of our GP2 team in 2012. He is one of the most dedicated drivers I have ever worked with and has shown in both GP3 and the GP2 testing that he has a huge amount of speed and potential and we will all be doing our best to reach that potential together throughout the season. Simon moved forward a lot with his performance at the end of the 2011 GP3 season and we are confident that he can continue that development in 2012.”