Arden confirms Sean Gelael, Norman Nato in GP2 seats for 2017

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Pertamina Arden has confirmed the signing of Sean Gelael and Norman Nato into race seats ahead of the 2017 GP2 Series season.

Nato, 24, made his GP2 debut with Arden back in 2015 before joining Racing Engineering for 2016, where he took two race wins en route to sixth place in the championship.

Gelael, 20, entered GP2 last year with Campos and scored two points finishes, including a charge to second place in Austria.

Gelael’s chief backer, Pertamina, has confirmed a sponsorship deal with Arden for 2017, leading to the Indonesian driver being confirmed in a seat alongside Nato.

“I am really pleased to join Pertamina Arden this year. It’s a very experienced team who has shown consistency through the seasons,” Gelael said.

“The post-season test in Abu Dhabi went well so it was obvious to keep working together for the 2017 season.

“Last year helped me to learn more about GP2 so my goal for this year is to be a front-runner in every race and I can’t wait to get started.

“Norman will be a strong teammate with all of his experience and I’m happy to team up with him.”

Nato added: ““I am very happy to join the Jagonya Ayam family and to re-join Arden this season for the GP2 Series. It is where I made my debut in GP2 so it’s great to be back again.

“Last year was a strong season for me so I’m really optimistic we can do a good job with Sean and the team. The aim is to put our experiences together in order to be competitive and to fight for wins and points at every race.”

The new GP2 season gets underway on April 15 in Bahrain.