Hilmer confirmed as Ocean replacement
16 January 2013 – Hilmer Motorsport has been granted one of the 13 entry slots for the 2013 GP2 season, taking over the space left by Ocean Racing. The latter, owned by ex-Formula 1 driver Tiago Monteiro, had already withdrawn from the GP3 series at the end of last year, but has now completely closed its operations amid financial difficulties.
"We are sad to announce that our team was forced to stop its activity in GP2 and GP3 due to financial difficulties caused by the lack of payment from our partners Parkalgar and the Portuguese Government," read a statement released by Monteiro and co-manager José Guedes on Tuesday morning.
"We enjoyed the short time we were in both series', we had a great time with success achieving wins and podiums, but unfortunately we cannot sustain our activity in these conditions. We sure hope to be back once these problems are solved, and in the meantime we wish a successful experience to Hilmer Motorsport and a great season to GP2 and our competitors."
Hilmer, based in Germany, has not yet announced its driver line-up for the upcoming campaign, with pre-season testing set to get underway at Jerez on 27 February. The team will be led by Franz Hilmer, the owner of Formula 1 supplier Formtech GmbH.