GP2 Series organisers have confirmed that Prema Powerteam have reached an agreement which allows the Italian based team to take over Lazarus’ entry for the 2016 season.
“I am very pleased to welcome Prema to the GP2 Series. Their remarkable track record makes me believe that they should be able to adapt quickly to our category,” explained GP2 Series CEO, Bruno Michel.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tancredi Pagiaro and his team for their hard work and dedication for the past four seasons. I wish them the best for the future.”
Prema Powerteam, who have taken the F3 European title five times, will run for the first time at the end of 2015 at the Yas Marina Circuit for the GP2 Series test on 02-04 of December.
Rene Rosin, Prema Team Manager, said: “We are delighted to line-up for this exciting new adventure in the GP2 Series. Prema always followed the evolution of the GP2 concept as an interested spectator, and it is now finally time to join the game in first person.
The move to the GP2 Series is a logical step for Prema, following the successful experiences in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and in the Italian and the German Formula 4 Championships, which will continue with the same level of commitment. I would like to thank Bruno Michel for his efforts in making us part of the GP2 Series.”
Italian team Lazarus, who have also raced under the name Venezuela Lazarus previously, will leave the series after four years of competing with numerous drivers, their most recent line-up being formed by Zoël Amberg and Nathanaël Berthon.
“Our four years in the GP2 Series were a marvellous experience, where we were engaged in an important motorsport category, but also in close contact with Formula 1. We’re passing our baton on to our friends from the same region in Italy, to Prema,” Lazarus Team Principal Tancerdi Pagiaro, commented.
“We wish them the best of luck and success as we hope for a bright future for the series we’re leaving behind. We also wish to return Bruno Michel’s kind words regarding the future and want to thank him for his commitment to the series. We’re leaving the racing series behind, only to follow new goals, while we will always keep an eye on the GP2 Series.
You never forget your first love, as they say in Italy. So who knows if our roads might cross again one day in the future.”