Sean Gelael and Norman Nato will both race for the newly-branded Pertamina Arden team in the 2017 GP2 season.
Nato will return to the team with whom he made his series debut in 2015. Gelael moves from the Campos team and will bring Indonesian backing in the form of Pertamina, who specialise in oil and natural gases.
A proven race winner, Nato believes that this season will be a further step forward as he aims to be a consistent front runner.
“I am very happy to join the Jagonya Ayam family and to re-join Arden this season for the GP2 Series,” says the Frenchman.
“It is where I made my debut in GP2 so it’s great to be back again. Last year was a strong season for me so I’m really optimistic we can do a good job with Sean and the team. The aim is to put our experiences together in order to be competitive and to fight for wins and points at every race.”
With a full season of GP2 experience now under his belt, Gelael is aiming to put together a more complete year and add to his single podium scored in Austria.
“I am really pleased to join Pertamina Arden this year,” says the Indonesian driver.
“It’s a very experienced team who has shown consistency through the seasons. The post-season test in Abu Dhabi went well so it was obvious to keep working together for the 2017 season.
“Last year helped me to learn more about GP2 so my goal for this year is to be a front-runner in every race and I can’t wait to get started. Norman will be a strong teammate with all of his experience and I’m happy to team up with him.”
Kenny Kirwan, the Team Manager of Pertamina Arden, expresses his delight at bringing Gelael onboard, while welcoming Nato back to the team with which he made his debut.
“The whole team is very excited to welcome Sean into the team for the coming season. He settled in very quickly with us in post-season testing last year and we were very impressed by his performance, feedback and his professional approach to his driving.
“It’s also great to welcome Norman back to the team. We’ve made some big steps forward over the winter and with the changes we have made to the relevant areas of the team, combined with signing an extremely strong driver pairing in both Sean and Norman I believe we can take the title fight to our rivals in what will be another very strong, competitive and exciting championship.”
Prema Racing and Racing Engineering are the only other teams to have announced their full line-ups for 2017, while MP Motorsport have only made one signing so far with Sergio Sette Camara due to made his series debut.