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GP2: Gustav Malja’s in, Felix Rosenqvist won’t be in for 2016

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One Swede has firmed up his GP2 Series plans for 2016, while another Swede has confirmed he won’t be in the championship.

Gustav Malja was announced as Rapax’s second driver on Tuesday, alongside Arthur Pic. The 20-year-old ran a partial GP2 campaign with Trident and Rapax last year, with one point achieved in five starts. He also finished ninth in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

“This is an incredible opportunity, and I’m just thrilled that my preferred option for 2016 has now become a reality. Racing in GP2 this season will be a massive challenge, but also a real pleasure and something I can’t wait to do,” Malja said.

Meanwhile Felix Rosenqvist, whose future for 2016 is a hot topic having tested in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and raced the Rolex 24 at Daytona with Starworks Motorsport, has ruled out GP2 for this season.

Rosenqvist said Wednesday while he won’t be in GP2, he should be announcing his plans soon.

He’s tested for the Belardi Auto Racing and Team Pelfrey teams this offseason.

The GP2 grid, meanwhile, has eight seats remaining: two apiece at Status Grand Prix, Carlin, Arden International and the 13th-placed TBA team.

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.