Frenchman Lariche confirmed for 2010
3 March 2010 – With Formula 2 series organisers continuing to reveal the names of those who make up the 2010 grid, France's Benjamin Lariche has been revealed as the latest signing as the championship welcomes its seventh driver nationality so far for the upcoming season.
Lariche began racing in single-seaters four years ago, achieving podium finishes in his maiden Renault Campus France season before progressing to French Formula Renault in 2007. That was followed by Formula Renault 2.0 WEC, which featured a first ever race victory in Valencia. Benjamin also competed in Formula Junior FR 2.0 that year.
"I am very excited and impatient to begin a new season in Formula 2," the 22-year-old commented. "I haven't raced since December and it has been too long! Last year in Formula Renault 2.0 I was the only driver in my team, so I didn't have any data to compare with.
"This year in Formula 2 it will be good to have the data and videos of the fastest driver and I hope to improve my driving with these interesting tools. It is also going to be really exciting driving this powerful and competitive car, particularly with the new upgrades. My main target is to just keep improving as a driver and I hope to finish in the points as often as possible - and why not score some podiums!"
"France has a history of producing great drivers and last year we had race winner Julien Jousse in Formula 2," Series Director Jonathan Palmer explained. "Benjamin has already competed against another talented Frenchman, Ferrari's Jules Bianchi, in 2007 and I have no doubt that he will be eager to emulate Jousse's performances from last year and be the leading French F2 driver in 2010."