ART Grand Prix Sign Maldonado for 2009

ART Grand Prix have announced that Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado will be joining the French outfit for next year's GP2 Main Series. Following Maldonado's impressive performances during last week's testing sessions at Paul Ricard, the ART Grand Prix officials decided he is the perfect man for the job. He will get used to his new team in the following 3 rounds of the GP2 Asia Series.

“Pastor had an exceptional end to the 2008 season, scoring more points than any other driver and three time as many as the GP2 Europe champion during the last eight races. There is no doubt he is one of the fastest and more complete drivers in the series.”

“With his raw speed his experience of the series and his knowledge of the tracks it will make him one of the favorites for the 2009 championship. Pastor and the team got along really well during recent testing at the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit. All the lights are green and our aim will be to secure both titles next season,” confirmed the team's boss Frederic Vasseur.

Maldonado scored the best time of the Paul Ricard testing session last week, continuing the form that guided him all the way into 5th place in the second part of last season (while competing for Piquet Sports). Only 4 points separated Maldonado from the championship's runner-up Bruno Senna. But the Venezuelan insisted he will take revenge this year, while hoping to secure both titles for his new team. ART Grand Prix are yet to win a title inside the GP2 Main Series since Lewis Hamilton in 2006.

“I am very proud to be part of a team with the most titles and winners in the history of the GP2 Series and of course, I hope to contribute to winning the teams championship again as well as fighting for the drivers' title in the new season.”

“ART Grand Prix is a highly professional team combined with an environment which has great human qualities. We instantly got along together during testing and I am sure that it will be a great experience for both of us: let's learn from each other and make a great team which will be ready to fight for both championships,” said Maldonado.
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