Matsushita stays in GP2 with ART GP
13 February 2017 – ART has confirmed that it will continue to field Nobuharu Matsushita in GP2 this season, the third straight year that the Japanese driver will race for the team.
Matsushita made his debut in the feeder category in 2015, during which he finished ninth in the standings, collecting victory in the Sprint Race in Hungary.
Matsushita slipped to 11th in the standings last season, emerging triumphant in the Sprint Race in Monaco before being suspended for a round due to causing a multi-car collision in Baku.
His team-mate for 2017 has not yet been confirmed.
"I am happy to be able to race in GP2 again, and very honoured to work with ART for a third consecutive season," said Matsushita, who joined McLaren-Honda as its development driver in 2016.
"It is a fantastic team that helped me to settle in a brand new environment back in 2015 but also allowed me to grow as a driver and to secure a win and several podiums during my first year in the series.
"I hope I will be able to bring them more wins this season and to help them to fight for the championship.
"I would like to thank Honda for continuously giving me this great opportunity.
"I am ready to make this season a great one. I cannot wait for the season to start."
ART team boss Sébastien Philippe is confident that Matsushita can compete for overall honours this year.
"He ended last year on a high with a podium and I'm sure he will take it from there to start this season with the same momentum and to be a regular frontrunner and championship contender," he commented.
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