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Ghiotto, Markelov Sign on at Russian Time

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A busy week of confirmations continued as for the third time in three days a GP2 team confirmed their line-up for 2017.

Russian Time has confirmed that Luca Ghiotto will join Artem Markelov at the team for the 2017 GP2 season.

Markelov, 22, finished 10th in the standings last year, winning the first race of his GP2 career in a dramatic Monaco feature race finish. He will pilot their No. 6 car.

The new season is his fourth year at the team. He is set to have 87 career starts in the series at the end of 2017, which would put him sixth on the list of highest number of appearances in the series.

Ghiotto, 21, also ended up on the top step of the podium during 2016, claiming his maiden win at the Malaysian feature race. The 2015 GP3 vice-champion replaces compatriot Raffaele Marciello, piloting the No. 5 machine.

His move to the team marks the first time in his racing career that he has not driven an Italian team’s car after working with Prema, Drago, and Trident during his career to this point.

Their driver combination is currently the only one on the grid to feature two drivers who have previously won in the series. Just one driver has historically won during a season for the Russian team, with two drivers yet to claim victory.

The new season is Russian Time’s fifth in the series since joining the grid in 2013.

Current 2017 GP2 Series Grid (TBA = To Be Announced):

Prema Racing: #1 Charles Leclerc, #2 Antonio Fuoco

Racing Engineering: #3 Louis Deletraz, #4 Gustav Malja

Russian Time: #5 Luca Ghiotto, #6 Artem Markelov

ART Grand Prix: #7 Nobuharu Matsushita, #8 TBA

DAMS: #9 Oliver Rowland, #10 Nicholas Latifi

Campos Racing: #11 TBA, #12 TBA

MP Motorsport: #14 Jordan King, #15 Sergio SetteCamara

Trident: #16 TBA, #17 TBA

Rapax: #18 TBA, #19 TBA

Pertamina Arden: #20 Norman Nato, #21 Sean Gelael

Hilmer Motorsport (TBA): #22 TBA, #23 TBA

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Cameron Paterson

Cameron Paterson has been a watcher of Formula 1 since 2007, a casual television watch evolved to watching and reading anything related to something with wheels and an engine. A fan of writing, it was a no-brainer about what to do to try and get into motorsport, consistently discussing things about this great sport since 2016.