Ferrari juniors Charles Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco will step up to GP2 for 2017 with defending champions Prema Powerteam. Leclerc won the GP3 series championship this season. The team is strengthening its ties with Ferrari and its junior academy driver.
The Monégasque driver won the GP3 title at Abu Dhabi despite not scoring a single point over the race weekend. He is stepping up to the GP2 after just one season in the junior class.
Joining him is the Italian driver Fuoco who graduates from GP3 after two years, having finished third in the drivers' championship this year. He competed for Prema in 2013 and won the Formula Renault Alps title and finished fifth in the European Formula 3 series in 2014.
Leclerc said, "I am delighted to line-up for the 2017 GP2 Series with Prema and with the Ferrari Driver Academy. I can't wait to start preparations for this new and exciting challenge.
The Italian said, "After having completed my GP3 experience in the best possible way, I will continue to give my 100 percent to keep bringing home positive results. I am sure that the support of the reigning champion team, which also finished 1-2 in the 2016 driver standings, will prove crucial."
"Entering the GP2 Series in 2017 will be particularly exciting, and doing it with an Italian team which is also the reigning champion will provide some additional motivations for me to do well," Fuoco said.
He added, "I already raced with Prema in the past and I am aware of the high-performance level of their cars, as confirmed by the outstanding results they got this season.
"I think that combining the potential of both the team and the Ferrari Driver Academy, we will definitely get some great satisfactions and continue in our personal and professional growth."