Johnny Cecotto Jnr joins Arden International for upcoming GP2 Series campaign
Last Updated: 17/09/13 1:15pm
Johnny Cecotto: Will drive for Arden International this year
Arden International have announced that Venezuelan driver Johnny Cecotto Jnr will join the team for the 2013 GP2 Series season.
The 23-year-old has almost three full years of GP2 experience and finished ninth in the championship standings last year with Barwa Addax, including an impressive win in the Monaco feature race.
Arden finished third in the team championship last year, with Luiz Razia taking the runner-up spot in the drivers' championship.
"It is great to have Johnny joining our GP2 team for the 2013 season. He has shown great potential since he first joined the Series three years ago and he has developed strongly with the current car and the Pirelli tyres," Arden sporting director Julian Rouse said.
He added: "We had an excellent test together in Jerez, finishing both sessions at the top of the time sheets, which assured us of his talent on track and technical ability to work with the team."
"I am more than confident that if we work hard together we can go one better in the drivers' championship in 2013!"
The driver line-ups at the top GP2 teams are now starting to take shape for the coming season, with reigning team champions DAMS ushering in a new pairing of Marcus Ericsson and Stephane Richelmi.
Davide Valsecchi cannot defend his title and Brazilian prospect Felipe Nasr has switched to Carlin to drive alongside Britain's Jolyon Palmer.
Another Brit, James Calado, will stay at Lotus GP alongside Daniel Abt, who moves up from GP3 to replace the Formula 1-bound Esteban Gutierrez.
Of the outfits which finished in the top five of the team standings last year, only Racing Engineering are still to confirm a driver for the coming season.