Sean Gelael will remain with the Prema Racing team for the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship.
The Indonesian driver raced with Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing this year and produced his best season to date in F2/GP2, scoring 29 points to finish fifteenth overall. He also scored a best result in the series with second place in the Monaco Feature race.
Gelael becomes the first driver in the series to remain with a team he raced with in 2018, partnering alongside 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Champion Mick Schumacher.
As well as racing in F2, Gelael also has a role with Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda as their test driver and completed a days worth of testing with the team at the Abu Dhabi post-season test. Gelael will stay at the Yas Marina Circuit for the week to compete in the F2 post-season test between Thursday and Saturday.
Ahead of the announcement, Gelael is happy to stay put and stick with the team he knows from this year after what has been an up and down season.
“This has been an up-and-down season but I want to say thank you for all the experience that we gained,” commented Gelael.
“The start of the year has been strong but from the middle onwards it turned a little gloomy. We know what we did wrong though, and what we need to do better and there’s quite a lot of unfinished business.
“I’m happy that the team put forward the trust in me to make an even better job next year. I just want to thank everybody involved. Together we have what we need to bring Prema to win the championship again next year and we will do the business right!”
Prema team principal René Rosin feels delighted to keep Gelael on for another season, stating that he showed promising results in 2018 and hopes next year he can show his real potential.
“We are delighted to continue working with Sean for the new season. He scored promising results in 2018 and also proved to be a really valuable asset for the team thanks to his true dedication,” said Rosin.
“He is the first driver to return for a second season since we started our Formula 2 programme so it will be interesting to understand the dynamics, but we are sure the benefits will be there as well as the results.
“We want to help Sean show his real potential and we can’t wait to start 2019.”