Dele­traz joins For­mula 2 cham­pion Car­lin for 2019

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For­mula 2 teams’ cham­pion Car­lin has com­pleted its line-up for the 2019 sea­son, with Louis Dele­traz join­ing the team along­side al­ready-an­nounced Honda ju­nior driver Nobuharu Mat­sushita.

Car­lin made the most of a stel­lar line-up in Lando Nor­ris and Ser­gio Sette Ca­mara last sea­son, beat­ing ART Grand Prix to the ti­tle by 33 points.

Nor­ris has grad­u­ated to a Mclaren For­mula 1 seat, while Sette Ca­mara has joined DAMS for an­other year of F2, mean­ing the Farn­bor­ough team needed two new driv­ers.

Dele­traz, 21, was 10th in F2 last year with Charouz Rac­ing Sys­tem, and con­cluded the year driv­ing a cur­rent-f1 car in the Abu Dhabi Pirelli tyre test, be­fore con­duct­ing test­ing with Car­lin in F2 at the same venue.

Now he is in what he de­scribes as a “top team”, he has tar­geted a ti­tle charge.

“We got in con­tact with Car­lin, I know them from the past and they are the team cham­pi­ons, which is ob­vi­ously very at­trac­tive,” said the Swiss driver.

“I’m go­ing for the win, that’s what we have to do. Win­ning, be­ing at the front and fight­ing for the cham­pi­onship is the aim and I have done that al­ready and I want to do it again.”

Dele­traz is the son of some­time Lar­rousse and Pa­cific F1 driver and Le Mans 24 Hour class win­ner Jean-de­nis.

Also an­nounc­ing news of an F2 seat this week was British-korean driver Jack Aitken, who joins Cam­pos Rac­ing for 2019. The 23-year-old fin­ished 11th in the points with ART Grand Prix last year, while his team-mate Ge­orge Rus­sell won the ti­tle.

Re­nault For­mula 1 pro­tege Aitken tested with the Cam­pos team last year.

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