Artam joins iSport

The new iSport International team has confirmed the signing of Turkish driver Can Artam as team-mate to Scott Speed in its GP2 line-up

Artam joins iSport

After a mixed career in Turkish touring cars, Formula Dodge, the US Fran-Am Formula Renault series, British Formula 3 Scholarship class and Formula Renault V6, Artam arrived in Formula 3000 in 2004. He switched from Coloni to Super Nova during the season but found results hard to come by, never qualifying above 15th and achieving a best finish of ninth in the season finale. ISport team boss Paul Jackson is confident that his squad can help Artam fulfil his potential however, having signed the Turk on the recommendation of Frank Williams' son Jonathan - a partner in the iSport operation.

"We have been talking with several drivers in the last few weeks and Jonathan convinced our partners and I that Can was the one," said Jackson. "We feel that he could do a lot better than his year in F3000 and the team is fully committed to giving him the best support in his quest for success."

Artam's signing is a bonus for GP2 as the championship will be the principal support race at the first grand prix in the Turk's homeland on August 20.

"I am thrilled to join iSport International and the GP2 series," said Artam. "We spent a lot of time evaluating the best option. We did not want to rush to make sure we were joining the best team and I am glad that we finally found in iSport International the perfect fit. The team, although new, is constituted probably by the most experienced people on the grid."

Elsewhere in GP2, BCN Competition is set to officially announce former Japanese Formula 3 race winner and World Series by Nissan graduate Hiroki Yoshimoto as its second driver alongside Venezuelan Ernesto Viso.

shares
comments
Female racer eyes GP2
Previous article

Female racer eyes GP2

Next article

Lauda joins GP2

Lauda joins GP2
Load comments
What next for the enigma "too politically incorrect" for F1? Plus

What next for the enigma "too politically incorrect" for F1?

Having by his own admission "blown my chances" of reaching Formula 1, Dan Ticktum is facing an uncertain future. A driver of unquestioned ability who has at times been his own worst enemy, can he apply his lessons and rebuild his career hopes?

FIA F2
Sep 30, 2021
How F2's biggest talent could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench Plus

How F2's biggest talent could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench

Tipped as the next big thing after winning the FIA Formula 3 championship in his rookie season, Oscar Piastri has taken Formula 2 by storm and looks set to clinch that title too. But with no Formula 1 seat available to him for next year, the Alpine junior may have to wait for his time in the spotlight…

FIA F2
Sep 24, 2021
How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss Plus

How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss

After the sudden death of its founder in January, Formula 2 stalwart Campos Racing was left facing its hardest season to date. But new team boss Adrian Jr is determined to honour his father’s legacy and has returned the team to its winning ways

FIA F2
Sep 20, 2021
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Plus

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds Plus

The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds

It's a long way from Pukekohe New Zealand to Milton Keynes, but Red Bull's Kiwi protege Liam Lawson has defied plenty of odds to reach the rung below F1. He's endured disappointment since winning on his F2 debut in Bahrain, but is determined to turn his season around and prove himself worthy of a place in F1

FIA F2
Jul 27, 2021
How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season Plus

How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season

Having impressed in Formula 3, Juri Vips looked to be next cab off the rank in Red Bull's prestigious Junior Team before his 2020 schedule was dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a tough start to life in Formula 2, Vips is showing signs of a recovery - could he be the first Estonian to reach Formula 1?

FIA F2
Jun 14, 2021
The making of an F1 hopeful re-writing the F2 record books Plus

The making of an F1 hopeful re-writing the F2 record books

He'd marked himself out as a star of the future in last year's FIA Formula 3 championship, but 17-year-old Theo Pourchaire underlined his credentials by winning his first Formula 2 race in the Monaco feature. Sauber junior status gives him a clear route to the top, but with wisdom beyond his years, he's not getting caught up in his own hype

FIA F2
Jun 3, 2021
The 10 greatest F2 races contested by F1 drivers Plus

The 10 greatest F2 races contested by F1 drivers

Formula 2 used to be about more than providing a stepping stone to F1. For three decades it often provided another setting for the world’s best to fight it out. Autosport picks out the very best races

FIA F2
May 16, 2021