Luca Ghiotto will switch to Russian Time for his second year in GP2 and will be partnered by the returning Artem Markelov.

Ghiotto made his GP2 debut with Trident last season after finishing runner-up to Esteban Ocon in the 2015 GP3 championship. The Italian finished eighth in the championship and took his maiden win in Malaysia.

Ghiotto tested for Rapax and Arden but ultimately decided to join Russian Time for the 2017 GP2 season.

“Let me firstly thank all at Russian Time for the great opportunity they have offered me. Having crossed their cars a few times in 2016, I know how good they are! I think we have great potential to develop together, ” Ghiotto said.

“I’m looking forward to working with my new teammate Artem, and can’t wait to hit the track in March to start work.”

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The 21-year-old will be partnered by Markelov who will be contesting his fourth season for the Russian outfit in 2017. Last season was comfortably his most successful with a victory in Monaco and tenth in the championship.

“We made an important step last year,” Markelov said, “with a win and a top 10 finish in the championship.

“The GP2 series is highly competitive and I’m looking forward to doing even better in 2017 and challenging for more wins and hopefully becoming a consistent front-runner.”

The team won the championship in 2013 with Sam Bird and Tom Dillmann, and have never failed to finish outside the top five since.

It’s widely expected that ART Grand Prix will announce Alexander Albon as Nobuharu Matsushita’s teammate, leaving just Campos, Rapax and Trident to announce their lineup.