British driver Mike Conway is setting his sights firmly on Formula One after signing with Trident Racing for the 2008 GP2 season.
And his new team says it will be backing him all the way, with all the resources he needs to become GP2 series champion.
Conway is due to join Trident for the first test of the new year, featuring the latest evolution of the GP2 series car, to be held on February 28 and 29 at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.
This will be Conway’s second season in the series after last year he proved to be a successful rookie in 2007 while driving for Super Nova Racing.
According to Trident, winning the British Formula 3 and Formula Renault UK titles had already singled him out as one of the most successful drivers from the British development series.
His victory at the Macau Grand Prix in 2006 helped to establish him as a leading young British driver and he has since successfully tested for the Honda Racing F1 team as part of its Young Driver Development Programme.
He said: “It’s great to have tied up my deal before Christmas and to be able to start the new year with all my plans in place, and to be joining Trident Racing for 2008.
“The team has a proven track record in GP2 and I believe we can be competing for podium finishes at every race weekend.
“Having completed my rookie season I have knowledge of all the tracks and the experience of racing at this level, which gives me the foundations to be competing at the front right from the start of the season.”
He said that he believed Trident Racing would offer him the chance to win the 2008 GP2 series.
“They have a high-calibre team with the resources and experience to provide me with the infrastructure that I need to do the job on track.
“I’m looking forward to my first outing with the team in February, as well as getting to grips with the new GP2 car that we will be running there.”
Trident Racing has said that it will announce Conway’s team mate for the 2008 season “in the near future.”
Alessandro Alunni Bravi, Trident team principal, said: “The arrival of Mike Conway represents a really special moment in the history of Trident Racing, and a starting point for the team’s 2008 ambitions.
“He was definitely our first driver choice since the end of the season, and we did the best we could to secure his services.
“We know that next season will be vital for Mike` bid to build a successful future in Formula One. Trident Racing will do anything possible to provide Mike with the best technical material, and to help him in the best possible way.
“After the success he has already achieved on route to GP2, I`m sure he`ll have the chance to repeat in his second season of racing in this series”.
Mike Conway: Driver Profile
- Born 8/19/1983 at Bromley, Kent, England
- 2001: Formula Ford>/li>
- 2002: Formula Ford UK – 4th place in Championship
- 2003: Formula Renault 2.0 UK – 4th place in Championship
- 2004: Formula Renault 2.0 UK – Champion (8 wins, 9 poles)
- 2005: British Formula 3 – 3rd place in Championship (1 win, 7 podiums)
- 2006: British Formula 3 – Champion (8. wins, 8 poles)
- 2006 Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix – Winner
- 2007: GP2 Series – 14th place in Championship (1 podium)
- 2007: Formula 1 – Honda Racing F.1 Team Young Driver Development Programme