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Nyck de Vries joins Mazepin at ART for third season at F2 level

Nyck de Vries has been confirmed alongside Nikita Mazepin in ART Grand Prix's 2019 Formula 2 line-up

De Vries will embark of his third season at GP2/F2 level with ART. He raced for Prema this year, finishing fourth in the standings.

The Dutch driver, who previously raced for ART in GP3 in 2016, is also expected to see out his 2018/19 World Endurance Championship campaign with the Racing Team Netherlands LMP2 outfit.

"I'm grateful to ART Grand Prix for giving me this opportunity to continue my career in Formula 2," said de Vries.

"We have a long history together; our relationship has always been great and it feels like coming home!

"We also have unfinished business and I'm happy to have the opportunity to try to finish it next year in Formula 2 where our goal will be to be crowned champions."

GP3 graduate Mazepin was announced as ART's first F2 driver on Tuesday, and de Vries becomes the fourth driver to be confirmed for the 2019 campaign.

European Formula 3 champion Mick Schumacher is taking de Vries' place at Prema, which is expected to retain Sean Gelael for a second season, while Nobuharu Matsushita is returning to F2 with Carlin after a year in Super Formula.

"I am very happy that the paths of Nyck and ART Grand Prix are crossing once again," said ART boss Sebastien Philippe.

"His experience, his seriousness and his top speed make him one of the natural leaders in Formula 2.

"Since our first partnership in GP3, we have seen him progress in all areas, both sporting and personal and he has all the qualities that will allow him to achieve his greatest ambitions and that of the company, namely securing both titles in Formula 2 in 2019."

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