Luciano Bacheta is the first driver to be announced for the FIA Formula Two Championship in 2012, and the Briton is aiming for the title.
The 21-year-old switched from GP3 to F2 in the second half of last year, and scored top ten results in each of the four races he contested at the Red Bull Ring and Monza. In 2010 he finished runner-up in the Formula Renault Eurocup, earning himself a place as a finalist for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
Having now committed to a full campaign in the championship, his sights are set on the Williams test reserved for the champion,
“I'm really excited to be driving in Formula Two this season and to have it all confirmed so early in the year so I can get my head down and focus on the task ahead,” said the Bacheta. “Last year I contested four races and enjoyed every one and was impressed with the set up of F2, so it's great to be running a full campaign in 2012.
“My aim is to be at the front and of course I would love to get my hands on the Williams F1 prize test, although I know the competition is going to be tough, especially from returning drivers. It's also exciting to have an upgraded, quicker F2 car for this season and I'm looking forward to driving it.”
F2's Jonathan Palmer said: “We're delighted to welcome back Luciano to Formula Two. I've known him well since his early days of T-Cars back in 2006 and have followed his career ever since, and he's clearly an exciting prospect.
“He was instantly a front-runner when he joined the championship at the end of last year and took little time to adapt to the Williams designed F2 car. Luciano will be a major contender for the championship this year.”