Italian driver Luca Ghiotto will contest the 2018 Formula 2 season with Campos Racing.

The 22-year-old drove for teams’ champion Russian Time last season, but with its withdrawal from the series, Ghiotto was in need of a new team.

Campos, who will be known as Campos Vexatec Racing in 2018 due to a sponsorship deal with a Swiss sportswear company, finished 9th in the teams’ standings in 2017.

However, with Ghiotto, an F2 and GP2 race winner as well as 2015 GP3 runner-up, Campos will have its sights set on a higher finish in the first season to be raced with the new Dallara F2 2018 chassis.

It will be his third season in the category, having first competed in 2016 while the series was still known as GP2.

“Campos has been following Luca’s career for a few years and we were very impressed by his debut in the GP3 championship first and by his growth in GP2 the following year, up to the 2017 year when the series became Formula 2,” stated team principal Adrian Campos.

“We are therefore very pleased to have him in Campos, joining forces to approach the 2018 F2 championship with the highest of ambitions.”

“I am obviously very excited to be joining Campos,” Ghiotto said.

“This is a great opportunity for me because Campos has shown many times that it is one of the best places for a young driver to be and I intend to make the most of this opportunity while doing the best possible job for the team.

“I would like to thank Adrian Campos and all the team for this opportunity and I’m sure it is going to be an intense and successful season for us together.”

Ghiotto will drive the car for the first time at the pre-season test at Paul Ricard on March 6, before the season begins in Bahrain on April 6.