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Arden confirms line-up

Championship winning Formula 3000 team Arden confirmed at the Autosport International show on Thursday that it has signed Heikki Kovalainen and Nicolas Lapierre for its assault on this year's GP2 series

Arden confirms line-up

Team boss Christian Horner, whose focus in 2005 will be on his role as sporting director of Red Bull Racing, made the announcement on the main Autosport stage in front of a packed audience.

"I think this line-up is as strong as any line-up we have ever had," Horner told autosport.com. "We have got a great blend of youth and experience with Heikki and Nicolas.

"We have been trying to sign Heikki for two years and Nicolas came through a very intensive evaluation process. We feel we have got the best guys to do the job."

Kovalainen, who won this year's Nissan World Series title, shot to fame after beating Michael Schumacher to overall victory in the end-of-season Race of Champions, while Lapierre is a former winner of the Macau Grand Prix.

Although GP2 will be new to every team this year, Horner is confident that the abilities that have helped Arden become a dominant force in Formula 3000 can help it triumph again.

"It is going to be a bit more open, but I am confident we have got the engineering team to get the job done," he said. "I think we will enjoy a competitive year."

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