GP2 2017: Race winners Nato, King and Ghiotto set for seat switches

Three race-winning drivers from 2016 are closing in on team switches for this year's GP2 Series

GP2 2017: Race winners Nato, King and Ghiotto set for seat switches

Norman Nato, Jordan King and Luca Ghiotto are the key players in the driver market now that leading teams Prema Racing, Racing Engineering and ART Grand Prix are all full.

While Prema and Racing Engineering have already declared their line-ups, ART has yet to announce what is widely expected to be a squad consisting of Honda protege Nobuharu Matsushita and GP3 Series runner-up Alexander Albon, as tipped by Autosport last November.

Ghiotto was widely expected before Christmas to switch to Arden International to partner Sean Gelael, but recent developments have pushed Nato into the frame as the most likely to join Gelael.

It would be a return for the British team for Nato, who drove for Arden in 2015 before switching to Racing Engineering last year.

King, who was also with Racing Engineering in 2016, has been courted strongly by MP Motorsport, with which he had two very encouraging days in the post-season Abu Dhabi test.

But now the Briton is reportedly moving further into contention for the Russian Time seat alongside Artem Markelov.

If King does move to Russian Time, that could leave Ghiotto - who has also been linked to the team - as the big loser.

The Italian had an impressive rookie season in GP2 last year with Trident, but is understood to be short on budget for 2017.

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