Artem Markelov will return to the FIA Formula 2 Championship to complete BWT Arden’s driver line-up for the remainder of the 2019 season.
The Russian racer will partner Tatiana Calderón for the final two rounds, at his home event in Sochi at the end of the month, and then for the season finale in Yas Marina in November. He takes the seat left vacant following the tragic death of Anthoine Hubert at Spa-Francorchamps; the team ran a single entry for Calderón at the most recent round at Monza.
Markelov is an experienced competitor at this level, finishing second to eventual champion Charles Leclerc in 2017. The 25-year-old made his debut back in 2014, in the then-named GP2 Series, and has contested five full seasons since, taking nine victories and a further eight podiums.
The Russian stepped behind the wheel for MP Motorsport back in May at Monte Carlo (pictured) while Jordan King contested the Indianapolis 500, where he showed his abilities with a pair of top-six finishes.
Markelov will run with the #22, as #19 has been retired for the remainder of the campaign as a mark of respect for Hubert.
“Following on from recent tragic events and our return to Sochi as a two-car team, we are proud and humbled to have Artem join us for the remaining races of the season,” BWT Arden Team Manager Kenny Kirwan said.
“Artem is a proven race winner in this category and we very much relish the opportunity to work together and to continue where we left off with Anthoine, who we miss very dearly.”
On his return to Formula 2, Markelov added: “First of all I want to give my best to the family of Anthoine.
“This guy was not only a good driver, he was a great man who was happy all the time and always gave us a smile. He showed everyone his talent.
“Thanks to the team for trusting me in this situation and I’m going do my best for them. We are going to drive together in memory of Anthoine.
“I’m really happy I’ll be driving for BWT Arden for the rest of the championship. It’s a really nice opportunity to drive at my home Grand Prix again. I hope for a strong result and I’ll work hard to achieve it.”
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