Johnny Cecotto and Nyck de Vries have been revealed as Rapax’s driver line-up for the upcoming FIA Formula 2 Championship season.

Both drivers tested for the Italian team in the post-season Abu Dhabi test last year, and Cecotto scored a podium for the team in the final race of 2016.

McLaren junior de Vries will graduate from GP3, where he finished sixth in the championship with two victories to his name.

Before moving to GP3, he won the 2014 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 championship and finished third in his rookie Formula Renault 3.5 season.

“I would like to thank Rapax for their faith in me and everyone involved,” he said. “It has been a tough ride, but here we are ready to fight.

“I have a lot of great memories in Italy from my karting time, so it really feels like coming home.

“I am pleased also that I will remain a member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme, which I have been associated with for seven years now.

“I hope to achieve success in FIA Formula 2 with Rapax, and my ultimate aim, of course, remains to get to Formula 1 and achieve success there too.”

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The Dutchman will be joined by GP2 veteran Johnny Cecotto, who will be competing in his ninth season in Formula 1’s main feeder series.

“Our journey started in Malaysia last year and from the first moments there was a great feeling between me and the whole team,” Cecotto said.

“We then continued with the 2nd place in Abu Dhabi and 3 fantastic test days which gave us a great chance to prepare this season.

“I’m overwhelmed that we managed to be at the start of this championship together and can’t wait to sit in the car on Monday and continue from where we left off last year.”

Following Rapax’s announcements, just two seats remain vacant, with both Campos and Trident yet to announce their second driver.

However, it’s widely expected that ex-F1 driver Roberto Merhi will be driving for the Spanish team and Philo Paz Armand is among the leading candidates for the second Trident seat.

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