Norman Nato switches to GP2 with Arden for 2015 season

Norman Nato will switch from Formula Renault 3.5 to the GP2 Series for 2015 with Arden International

Norman Nato switches to GP2 with Arden for 2015 season

The 22-year-old Frenchman spent the past two seasons with DAMS in FR3.5, though he had to settle for two victories - including the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix support race - while team-mates Kevin Magnussen and Carlos Sainz Jr won the titles.

Nato tested Arden's GP2 car in Abu Dhabi last winter, when he also had runs with Racing Engineering and Russian Time.

"I am delighted to join such an experienced and successful team for my debut in GP2," said Nato,

"The Abu Dhabi tests went well and I had a great feeling with the team.

"Although I am a rookie, I aim to achieve a strong performance in 2015."

Arden team boss Garry Horner said Nato had made a good impression on him in FR3.5, where the squad also races.

"We have had the opportunity to observe him closely throughout his year in the World Series championship and feel he is ready for the step into GP2," said Horner.

Though a long-time GP2 frontrunner with drivers including Heikki Kovalainen, Bruno Senna and Sebastien Buemi, Arden has not won in the series since it took four victories with Luiz Razia in 2012. Nato is its GP2 first signing for this year.

2015 GP2 FIELD SO FAR

DAMS
Pierre Gasly, Alex Lynn

Carlin
Marco Sorensen, Julian Leal

ART
Stoffel Vandoorne, tba

Trident
Raffaele Marciello, tba

Campos
Arthur Pic, tba

Arden International
Norman Nato, tba

Yet to announce drivers: Racing Engineering, Russian Time, MP, Rapax, Status, Hilmer, Lazarus

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