Stefano Coletti joins Campos for 2017 Formula 2 opening round

Stefano Coletti has signed with Campos for the opening round of the new FIA Formula 2 championship in Bahrain

Stefano Coletti joins Campos for 2017 Formula 2 opening round

The 28-year-old contested four seasons in F2's predecessor GP2 between 2011 and '14, racking up seven wins, all of which came in reversed-grid sprint races.

After leaving GP2 in 2014, Coletti joined IndyCar outfit KV Racing, but he couldn't gain a foothold in the series, losing his drive at the end of the year.

He piloted SMP Racing's BR01 LMP2 car in the European Le Mans Series last year, finishing third in the standings.

The Monegasque is confirmed only for the opening round so far, but he in talks over continuing with the team after Bahrain.

"I am thrilled about what it means for us to have Stefano joining our team," said team boss Adrian Campos.

"Everybody at Campos Racing is very enthusiastic and we all are keen to start working with Stefano, a driver of the highest calibre."

The car that Coletti will run in Bahrain with was driven by ex-Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi and Raoul Hyman in pre-season testing, the former having announced he was working to race in F2 with Campos this year.

However, Coletti has taken the seat in the Spanish team instead, with GP3 graduate Ralph Boschung already confirmed in the other car for the full season.

CANAMASAS GETS TRIDENT SEAT

Spanish driver Sergio Canamasas, also 28, has likewise been confirmed for the F2 season opener in Bahrain, joining Nabil Jeffri at Italian outfit Trident.

Canamasas, who raced in GP2 on and off between 2012 and '16 and scored two Monaco podiums in that time, was part of the Trident line-up back in '14.

With him and Coletti announcing their presence, all 20 entries are now filled for the Bahrain F2 round.

BAHRAIN ENTRY LIST

Prema Racing
1. Charles Leclerc
2. Antonio Fuoco

Racing Engineering
3. Louis Deletraz
4. Gustav Malja

Russian Time
5. Luca Ghiotto
6. Artem Markelov

ART Grand Prix
7. Nobuharu Matsushita
8. Alexander Albon

DAMS
9. Oliver Rowland
10. Nicholas Latifi

Campos Racing
11. Ralph Boschung
12. Stefano Coletti

MP Motorsport
14. Sergio Sette Camara
15. Jordan King

Trident
16. Nabil Jeffri
17. Sergio Canamasas

Rapax
18. Nyck de Vries
19. Johnny Cecotto

Arden
20. Norman Nato
21. Sean Gelael

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