Nikita Mazepin will make the jump up from the GP3 Series to the FIA Formula 2 championship with ART Grand Prix next year.
The runner-up to this year’s GP3 Series, losing out to team-mate Anthoine Hubert, will remain with the French squad as he has been confirmed to take one of the two seats in F2.
Mazepin won four races, claimed eight podiums and one pole position in his rookie season in the series. The nineteen-year old from Russia will be with the team at this week’s post-season test in Abu Dhabi.
Ahead of the announcement, Mazepin is happy to be continuing on with ART into F2 next year and states that the move is a natural progression for him after a successful rookie year in GP3.
“I am really happy to be continuing with ART Grand Prix for my step up to F2,” said Mazepin.
“This is a natural progression given our success this year in GP3. I am very much looking forward to the challenge of my rookie season in F2.”
Mazepin will join the team that won this years’ F2 drivers title with the helping hand of George Russell. The French squad also finished second in the teams’ title, only losing out to Carlin Motorsport.
ART’s CEO, Sébastien Philippe, is pleased to continue on the partnership with Mazepin into next year with F2, claiming the Russian driver is ‘remarkable from day one’ since joining the team this year.
“Continuing our partnership with Nikita into Formula 2 is the logical continuation of a successful 2018 season, where he was consistently in the fight for victory and for the GP3 title, something he only just missed out on in the final race weekend of the season,” said Philippe.
“Nikita was a rookie in GP3, but his performances were remarkable from day one with a stunning victory in Barcelona. Nikita has several strengths: he is fast and he constantly strives to progress in everything he does. I’m sure he can be a centrepiece in our Formula 2 team, just as he was in GP3.”