GP2: Rowland, Cecotto, Lancaster, Canamasas all in for Silverstone round

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Four driver changes have been made ahead of this weekend’s GP2 Series round at Silverstone, Great Britain, featuring three returnees and one rookie.

Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Oliver Rowland will make his first GP2 start at his home race this weekend, joining MP Motorsport.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to race in front of my home crowd,” Rowland said. “I can’t thank MP Motorsport and the Racing Steps Foundation enough for setting this up for me.

“I raced with the team in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup championship in 2013 and built up a really strong relationship with them.

“Regrettably after all the hard work we put in, we missed out on the title that year by 16 points. So it would be good if I could repay them and the RSF for the belief that they continue to show in me with a strong result this weekend.”

Rowland replaces Sergio Canamasas, who parted company with the Dutch team ahead of the last race in Austria. However, the Spaniard has returned for Silverstone with Lazarus in place of Switzerland’s Zoel Amberg.

At Hilmer Motorsport, British driver Jon Lancaster returns to race in his fourth GP2 Series season, replacing Simon Trummer. He will partner fellow compatriot Nick Yelloly for their home race at Silverstone this weekend.

Earlier this week, it was also confirmed that Johnny Cecotto Jr. would be returning to GP2 after missing the last two races in Austria. The Venezuelan started the year with Hilmer, but will now be racing with Carlin.

A seat was freed up at the British team after Marco Sørensen opted to walk away from GP2 in order to focus on his commitments with Aston Martin Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“I’m really excited to be back in the GP2 car especially with a team with such a history in motor racing,” Cecotto said. “After a few years of being quite close to working together, it’s great to finally race together with Carlin.

“I love Silverstone, I’ve had several podiums there so it’s great to be going back.”

Stoffel Vandoorne heads into the race with a 76-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship over American driver Alexander Rossi, and will be keen to uphold his 100% feature race record in 2015 on Saturday at Silverstone.