The Trident team has promoted Alessio Lorandi from its GP3 Series line-up to its Formula 2 team for the remainder of the 2018 season.

Lorandi will replace Santino Ferrucci, who was fired by the team after receiving a four-race ban for deliberately crashing into teammate Arjun Maini at Silverstone.

The 19-year-old Italian joined Trident’s GP3 Series team this year after a successful full-time rookie campaign with Jenzer Motorsport. He finished last year’s GP3 Series season seventh overall in the standings, earning a win at Jerez and three further podium finishes.

He is also running seventh overall in this year’s GP3 Series standings, despite racing with a broken collarbone when the feeder championship previously raced at Silverstone last month.

Lorandi’s Formula 2 Championship debut will come at this weekend’s event at the Hungaroring, the eighth round of the 2018 season.

“I’m really happy and extremely motivated,” said Lorandi of his promotion. “I will need to adapt myself to the car really quickly and there will be a lot of things to learn.

“I am working hard with the team to prepare for my debut at Hungaroring. I am really excited about this amazing new challenge.”

“His experience and driving style impressed Team Trident’s technical staff, and they believe he is ready to make the step-up to Formula 2,” Team manager Giacomo Ricci added.

“Lorandi will receive maximum support from the team so he will be able to quickly learn all the secrets of the new series for him.

“With Alessio and Arjun, the team will be able to rely on a tight-knit pairing. They have already been teammates in Formula 3 [at Van Amersfoort Racing in 2015] so we are sure that they will work well together.”

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