Charouz Racing System has announced Antonio Fuoco and Louis Deletraz will be its drivers when it enters Formula 2 in 2018.

Formula V8 3.5 champions Charouz will switch to F2 next year when the series introduces a new-spec car. Its drivers will carry the Ferrari Driver Academy logo.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Louis and Antonio into our team and keen to work with the Ferrari Driver Academy for what will be our inaugural season in Formula 2,” said team principal Antonin Charouz, who is the father of Le Mans class winner Jan Charouz.

“Both drivers impressed during their rookie F2 season in 2017 and they clearly learned a lot as the year progressed.

“I’m confident they will be able to use that experience to good effect in 2018 so they are challenging at the front of what’s traditionally a very competitive F2 field.”

Fuoco drove for Prema last year, finishing eighth in the drivers’ standings in his rookie year. He struggled to match eventual champion Charles Leclerc in the opening half of the season, but took four podiums and a race win in the second half.

“I’m really happy to join Charouz Racing System and have a new challenge in F2,” he said.

“The team has a good racing pedigree after winning the World Series title this year and everyone is pushing hard to do everything perfectly.

“If this happens, I know we can all do a good season together at Charouz.”

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Deletraz made his debut back in the 2016 season finale in Abu Dhabi with Carlin. He began 2017 with Racing Engineering before switching to Rapax mid-season.

“I’m really happy to join Charouz because every championship they’ve entered in the past they’ve been quick and won races,” he said.

“This is a very exciting project and I think we can do great things next year. It’s definitely my objective to do a very strong season.

“I’ve known Antonio for a few years now and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“It’s important to have a strong team-mate to help the team keep moving forward and I think the line-up we have is very good.

“I’m looking forward to being part of it.”

Charouz’s first taste of F2 will come at Le Castellet, the venue for the opening pre-season test.