Dean Stoneman will make his GP3 debut at the season finale in Abu Dhabi
Brit won 2010 F2 title before being diagnosed with testicular cancer
By William Esler. Last Updated: 18/10/13 12:32pm
Dean Stoneman will return to a single-seater at the GP3 finale in Abu Dhabi for first time since being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The British driver won the Formula 2 title in 2010 and drove for the Williams F1 Team in that season's Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi.
He had planned on graduating to Formula Renault 3.5 the following season, however, his career was put on hold after his illness was detected.
Having recovered from the testicular cancer, Stoneman returned to the track in 2013 in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB where he took five victories. The 23-year-old will now make his GP3 debut with Koiranen GP, taking the place of Aaro Vainio.
"I can't wait to get back to this type of racing," Stoneman said. "The last time I was in a single-seater was in the Williams F1 car in 2010 for the rookie test in Abu Dhabi. It will be special to be part of the F1 race weekend and the atmosphere that goes with it. I really want to thank Koiranen for the chance and it's something I'm going to grab with both hands.
"In 2010 I had the world at my feet. I was FIA F2 Champion and enjoyed a successful test with Williams and life couldn't be better. I had just signed to be Daniel Ricciardo's teammate in Renault World Series when I received the hammer blow and my racing and life was put on hold for two tough years. Returning to Abu Dhabi will be very special indeed."