Budget Issues Force Lancaster Out…For Now

Jon Lancaster - Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service
Lancaster's chances of returning to the Ocean team look promising, says Tiago Monteiro - Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service

Jon Lancaster has had to move aside for the GP2 races in Bahrain this weekend, but his team boss Tiago Monteiro says there's a good chance of him returning to the cockpit in the near future.

Lancaster, who is blogging for The Checkered Flag this season, made his GP2 Series debut in the opening round of the season in Malaysia, driving for the Ocean Racing Technology team. He will however miss the first round of the Bahrain double-header as he works towards securing backing for the rest of the season.

“We feel that it was a necessity to be clear to all parties about this situation that has occurred,” said Monteiro.

“Right now there are a group of partners being put together, and it is looking very promising that Jon will be back out in the car with us in the near future, it just takes time. The uncertainty of the Bahrain meetings certainly hasn't helped the situation.”

New Zealander Brendon Hartley has taken his place at the last minute, having previously raced for Monteiro's team in Spa and Monza at the end of last season. Hartley finished fifth in his first race for the team, who hadn't scored any points up to that point in 2011.