Nabil Jeffri moves to Trident for sophomore campaign

Nabil Jeffri will race for Trident in 2017 - Credit: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service

The Italian Trident Motorsport team has announced Nabil Jeffri as their first driver for the newly-rebranded 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship.

The Malaysian driver switches across from Arden International for his sophomore season, where he had a best finish of seventh during the Sprint race at the Baku Street Circuit in Azerbaijan, and Jeffri is looking for improvements in 2017 with race winning team Trident.

“I am really honoured to be the first Trident driver announced for the 2017 GP2 program,” said Jeffri. “Having the chance to return to the series for  my second season, and doing it with a Team with such a long and winning history is a dream for me.

“I am sure that they will support me best in 2017. Giacomo [Ricci, Team Manager] has been incredibly kind and supportive with me since the beginning and I love working with every single member of Team Trident.

“My goal is to do a great job with the team’s technical staff and aim for the top-ten.”

Ricci was happy to be able to announce Jeffri for his squad after being impressed by the twenty-three-year-old during a day of testing with Trident in the post-GP2 Series test in Abu Dhabi at the end of 2016.

“We are extremely delighted to announce Nabil Jeffri as our first GP2 Series driver for 2017,” said Ricci. “We already had the chance to collaborate with this promising Malaysian driver during last year’s postseason testing when he showed great adaptation skills to our cars.

“We were really impressed by his progress in terms of results despite he only ran with us in the final day. We started working together in mid January and we are convinced that, benefiting with all the work done so far, Nabil will be really competitive from the first time on-track at Barcelona.”