Robert Doornbos

Former F1 drivers Robert Doornbos (pictured) and Narain Karthikeyan have been announced as drivers in the 2010 season of the Superleague Formula championship. The championship series features a single-car team representing an international football squad – a truly curious association, if there was one!

For former Minardi and Red Bull pilot Doornbos, this marks his second season in the championship, as the Dutchman switches to represent Corinthians, having previously represented AC Milan. Robert had previously raced in the IndyCar series with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.

"After evaluating many options for 2010, I decided to accept the offer from Azerti Racing for Corinthians," he explained. "After one year in the USA, I want to win races again. I’d like to state that my adventure in the USA is not over yet but Superleague is very competitive, with many ex F1 drivers."

For Narain Karthikeyan – who drove for Jordan in 2005 – this will be his first season in the Superleague Formula,and he will drive for PSV Eindhoven.

Another ex-F1 driver competing in the series’ third season will be Franck Montagny (GD Bourdeaux), whose signing was announced the day before.

The opening round of the championship will occur at Silverstone on the weekend of 3-4 April.

Are we likely to see a few more ex-F1 drivers in the mix? Don’t bet against it!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.