The Russian Time team will not contest next year’s FIA Formula 2 Championship season, it has been confirmed. The team’s two entries have been taken over by the British-based UNI-Virtuosi outfit, which has run Russian Time’s operations for the past four years since the days of the team’s previous guide as iSport.

Russian Time won the 2017 Teams’ Championship title with Artem Markelov and Luca Ghiotto as its driver, while in 2018 both Markelov and rookie teammate Tadasuke Makino claimed four race victories between them.

“We are pleased to announce that UNI-Virtuosi will race in Formula 2 next season,” UNI-Virtuosi team owner Andy Roche said.

“We have enjoyed a very successful four years with Russian Time and would like to wish Artem [Markelov] and Svetlana [Strelnikova, Russian Time team principal] good luck with their future plans.

“UNI-Virtuosi Racing’s owners, Paul Devlin, Declan Lohan and I are fully committed to continue with the same mindset which led Russian Time to the 2017 Teams’ championship, 13 race wins and 38 podiums and the team will continue with the same engineering staff and structure to ensure this success continues in to 2019 and beyond.

“We are close to announcing drivers for 2019 and expect to a final decision very soon.”

The team ran former driver Ghiotto and European Formula 3 frontrunner Guan Yu Zhou at the recent end-of-season test at Abu Dhabi, with both tipped to be in the running to be confirmed in its 2019 driving line-up.

Image via FIA Formula 2 Championship

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