Guiliano Alesi will make the step up to FIA Formula 2 next year with Trident Racing.
The son of former Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi raced with Trident in the GP3 Series for three season, clinching four wins during his tenure with the team.
Alesi, who is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, tested with Trident’s F2 team for two days during the post-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit, setting strong lap times during the final day of testing.
The nineteen year-old Frenchman says the move to F2 next year is an new adventure for his career and thanks Trident for selecting him to race with them for 2019 season.
“It’s an amazing opportunity!,” said Alesi. “First of all I want to thank Trident as it’s going to be a pleasure to continue racing with them in F2.
“This is a new category, a new adventure, which I’m really looking forward to. This year hasn’t quite gone as we all hoped, but I’m really looking forward to a successful season with Trident in 2019. We are going to work hard this winter, and try and come back as strong as possible for the season opener.”
Alesi ended the 2018 GP3 Series in eighth place overall, two places lower than his 2017 result, but scored more points in the 2018 season.
The Frenchman showed promising pace by setting the sixth best time on the final day of the F2 testing. Talking after the test he noted the differences between F2 and GP3 regarding the turbo engine and the management of tyres, which is a critical trait to learn in the series.
“The engine is completely different, and with the turbo, you have to anticipate some things, which is not the case with normal aspirated engines.
“That’s one of the key points, but managing the tyres and the car is also different. I’m happy with the first test, because I could manage to do a good lap time and finish P6 on the final day.
“It was my first experience with an F2 car, so I couldn’t put the sectors perfectly together, but in general it went well. It’s a good start, and I keep working hard.”
For the fourth year running, Alesi will remain alongside the Trident family, noting that the familiarisation with the F2 team was easy, due to being close to the organisation over the years, calling them a ‘second family’.
“We are already very close, which is important. A team for a driver is like a second family, so the good relationship is crucial. There are some people who I already know from this year, so everything looks promising,” Alesi added.
“I will definitely try to learn more about the series, the process of races, the pit stops, so I’m going to do my home work in order to arrive to the season opener fully prepared.”