It has been a busy week in three of the most prominent junior championships – GP2, GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 – with driver announcements, moves and withdrawals all of note.
Here’s a quickfire round-up of all of the latest driver moves and changes ahead of the start of the new racing seasons.
- Trident driver Raffaele Marciello will take part in practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix later this month, marking his first on-track running as a reserve driver for Sauber F1 Team.
- GP2 veteran Johnny Cecotto Jr. (pictured) appears to be on the move for 2015, taking part in Formula Renault 3.5 pre-season testing for Zeta Corse this week. The Venezuelan is yet to confirm his plans for the new year, though.
- Marlon Stockinger has rejoined Status ahead of its debut season in GP2 in 2015, having raced for the team in GP3 back in 2012.
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- Colombia’s Oscar Tunjo has been forced to give up his seat with Pons Racing for 2015, with the team stating that he “was forced to reconsider his plans due to budget concerns”.
- Pons has confirmed one of its drivers for the new season, though, with Roberto Merhi staying in FR3.5 for a second year. Merhi was poised to make his F1 debut for Caterham last season ahead of the team’s collapse, taking part in practice for the Italian, Japanese and Russian Grands Prix.
- Malaysian driver Jazeman Jaafar has switched teams for 2015, moving from ISR to Fortec. Jaafar is backed by Mercedes title sponsor Petronas.
- Artur Janosz has been confirmed at Trident, moving up to GP3 after two years in the European F3 Open championship.
- Kevin Ceccon will spend a third year in GP3 in 2015, switching from Jenzer Motorsport to Arden International.
- Having been confirmed in Nissan’s LMP1 squad for 2015, Jann Mardenborough will not race in GP3 this year.
- Nick Yelloly has also left GP3, confirming that he will race in the European Le Mans Series with Jota Sport in 2015.
- German youngster Marvin Kirchhofer is reported to have signed a deal to race in both GP3 and the FIA F3 European Championship in 2015.
MotorSportsTalk will be providing comprehensive coverage of all of these junior championships in 2015 as F1’s stars of tomorrow continue to forge their path to the top of the racing ladder.