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FORMULA RENAULT 3.5 NEWS 

Zeta Corse signs Mihai Marinescu, Emmanuel Piget for FR3.5

Mihai Marinescu Zeta Corse Formula Renault 3.5 test 2013 Barcelona

The 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 grid has been completed by Zeta Corse signing Mihai Marinescu and Emmanuel Piget ahead of this weekend's season opener at Monza.

Formula 2 race winner Marinescu returns to the series full-time after making 11 starts in 2009, while ex-Formula Renault and Euro F3 Open competitor Piget, who last raced in 2010, currently has a deal for Monza only.

Team boss Claudio Corradini explained that the team's upheaval over the winter (as it took over the BVM Target entry) had proved a setback as it tried to sort its driver line-up.

"The Zeta Corse programme started a little bit late," he said. "When it came to signing drivers many of them were already busy.

"Marinescu proved key in pre-season and will be with us throughout the year, but it's been tough to secure a second full-time racer.

"Despite sampling several drivers in testing, no deals have come. For the remaining rounds [after Monza], we'll see."

2013 Formula Renault 3.5 line-up so far:

Tech 1 Racing               Nigel Melker      Mikhail Aleshin
Arden Caterham              Pietro Fantin     Antonio Felix da Costa
Fortec Motorsports          Oliver Webb       Stoffel Vandoorne
ISR                         Sergey Sirotkin   Christopher Zanella
Lotus                       Marlon Stockinger Marco Sorensen
Carlin                      Jazeman Jaafar    Carlos Huertas
Comtec Racing               Daniil Move       Lucas Foresti
International Draco Racing  Nico Muller       Andre Negrao
DAMS                        Kevin Magnussen   Norman Nato
P1 Motorsport               Will Stevens      Matias Laine
Pons Racing                 Zoel Amberg       Nikolay Martsenko
AV Formula                  Arthur Pic        Yann Cunha
Zeta Corse                  Mihai Marinescu   Emmanuel Piget

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