Virtuosi Racing have announced their first driver for the 2015 Auto GP season by confirming Russian Nikita Zlobin.
The eighteen-year-old is the son of former Formula 1 test driver Sergey Zlobin, and raced in the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS and German Formula 3 where he ran with the SMP Racing programme that sponsors young Russian drivers.
He will become the fourth Russian to race in Auto GP, following in the footsteps of Sergey Afanasiev, Sergey Sirotkin and Max Snegirev.
“I’m delighted to have reached an agreement with Virtuosi Racing for the 2015 season,” said Zlobin. “Last year, they showed they have the best machinery in business and I’m sure we’ll be able to get some outstanding results together”.
Virtuosi Racing’s Declan Lohan welcomed Zlobin into the team, and hopes the team can take advantage of the teenager’s talents behind the steering wheel.
“Nikita is a very talented youngster and he improved quickly during the seasons he ran so far in motorsport,” said Lohan. “We’re happy to have him onboard and we’ll try to take full advantage of his talent.
“He has the right skills to make it to the podium in Auto GP. In addition to that, we’re also particularly proud to welcome SMP Racing as our team’s partner”.