ART Grand Prix have renewed Frenchman Alexandre Premat's contract for the upcoming GP2 season.
Premat joined the team last season for the inaugural GP2 championship and finished in fourth position. His teammate Nico Rosberg won the title.
Team Principal Nicolas Todt said: "I am very happy that the team could come to an agreement with Alexandre. It is a logical continuation of last season, during which Alexandre proved to be a race winner. It will be necessary for him to now become a championship winner, an objective that matches his superb talent."
ART's General Manager Frederic Vasseur commented: "I am particularly satisfied that Alexandre has opted to remain with the team as he is one of the best drivers in the championship, as he already proved in 2005. Alexandre is French and we will do our best to break the sad reputation that French drivers do not succeed at the highest level anymore."
"What great news," commented Premat. "The environment was excellent within the team last year, especially with Nicolas Todt and Frederic Vasseur, and we are guaranteed to begin the new year well.
"After a difficult start to the 2005 season, I progressed well throughout the championship to end up fighting regularly with the leaders. My objective will therefore be very simple in 2006: to win the championship."