Marcello Puglisi has been drafted in by the Durango team for the next round of the GP2 Series in Monaco, in place of Davide Valsecchi who is still recovering from his crash in Turkey.
Valsecchi injured his back in a terrifying 100mph crash in Istanbul, when his car suffered brake failure at the end of the back straight. He is targeting a return at the French Grand Prix support round.
Puglisi, who raced for Piquet Sports in the GP2 Asia Series, has vowed not to let his step-up with Durango divert attention from his main effort in the Formula Master series.
"I am sorry for my friend Davide," said Puglisi. "Anyway in Monaco I will try to bring his car home in the best possible position.
"I know that it will not be easy but I am quite confident in myself and in the potential of Durango. Then I will totally concentrate on the Formula Master, which is my main program this year".
Valsecchi said he is skipping Monaco on advice from doctors, but is hopeful about his chances for a return at Magny-Cours.
"I am sorry to skip the Monaco event, but the doctors convinced me that is better to be a little bit more patient," he explained.
"This to be sure of avoiding any kind of problems in the future. So I give my car to a good driver and a dear friend - but only for this time. From Magny-Cours I will be back in the cockpit."
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