British Formula 3 champion Felipe Nasr will join the DAMS team to compete in the GP2 Series in 2012, the squad said on Thursday. DAMS took the GP2 drivers' title with Romain Grosjean last year.
The 19-year-old Brazilian clinched the British F3 title with Carlin last year after scoring seven wins and 15 podiums. He then finished in second place in the Macau Grand Prix and also clinched a podium finish in the Daytona 24 Hours earlier this year. Nasr will be joining Davide Valsecchi in DAMS' lineup for 2012.
"I am very happy that we managed to get all the details worked out and that I will be able to be in GP2 this year," said Nasr. "After Italy in 2009, the UK in 2010 and 2011, it is time for me to move again and head to France, thanks to the combined efforts of my family, my manager Steve Robertson, my Brazilian sponsors and of DAMS, I have a new home where to work, improve my driving and prove my worth.
"I have so much to learn and I am sure that with DAMS in GP2 and with a strong teammate, I am in the right place to learn the trades of the series and of the new tracks that I will face.
"Have to say that some of them I already know from the Formula BMW time, but it will be a tough challenge getting out of the British cocoon I comfortably was in for the last two years. I have no word to describe how happy I am to be able to continue to wear the colors of Brazil with two strong Brazilian sponsors that believe in me and will be supporting my career in the long run."
Jean-Paul Driot, DAMS CEO, added: "I'm really delighted to welcome Felipe to the DAMS team. We've known him and followed his progress since his Formula BMW days, and we immediately spotted his incredible potential.
"We'll do what's necessary to allow him to express his talent and develop it throughout the whole GP2 Series Championship. With Davide's experience and Felipe's fieriness and youth we've got the best possible driver combination."