Richelmi to replace Coletti at Trident
3 September 2011 – Monaco's Stéphane Richelmi has been announced as the replacement for Stefano Coletti ahead of next weekend’s GP2 finale in Italy, stepping into his compatriot's Trident car after the latter was ruled out for the rest of the season with back injuries.
Coletti, who crashed heavily during the Feature Race at the high-speed Pouhon corner, fractured his third and fourth dorsal vertebra and is now recovering in hospital.
"I take this chance as a great opportunity for an introduction to the GP2," said Richelmi, who has previously tested for Ferrari. "I do not expect an easy weekend, because for the first time I will be in a car that I've never driven before, not even in a test.
"I'll get to Monza and give the maximum that I can, without stress and tension. I hope I can be of help with my knowledge of the track and its layour, with the low downforce requirement. The car in this configuration should not have a very different behavior from when I drove on this track in the World Series, but the confirmation will come only from the stopwatch.
"The opportunity given to me by Trident Racing will be an excellent chance to prove myself, and certainly after this weekend I will have more options to consider when it's time to decide my 2012 programme."
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