Sergio Sette Camara will join DAMS for the 2019 Formula 2 season, partnering Canadian Nicholas Latifi. Sette Camara is readying up for his third season in the F2 championship, having competed with MP Motorsport and Carlin in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Sette Camara picked up eight podiums throughout the 2018 campaign but failed to seal a victory. The 20-year-old did his part to ensure Carlin won the teams' championship last year, with teammate Lando Norris coming home in second place in the drivers' title battle.
"I’m really glad to join DAMS for 2019," Sette Camara said. "The team is extremely well prepared, which I’ve seen first-hand when I went to the workshop and during the Abu Dhabi test. Through my career DAMS has always been a reference in Formula 2 and GP2 before that.
"It has had plenty of success across the various series it has competed in. I already know many of the squad members, especially the F2 department who made me feel really comfortable. It’s very satisfying when you go to a team and feel so welcome. I am looking forward to 2019, and believe we will have an excellent season.”
Last month, McLaren announced that Sette Camara would hold the role of its test and development driver for 2019. Speaking about his latest signing, DAMS founder Jean-Paul Driot says that he should be contending for victories at every race.
"We are delighted to have such a strong team for the 2019 FIA Formula 2 season," he said. "We are excited for Sergio to come on board with us. We have followed him for several years and in 2018 he demonstrated his impressive speed with a lot of podium finishes.
"The goal is to fight for both championships, and Sergio should be in the battle for victories at every race. We hope to give him the best opportunity to showcase his skills next year, and earn an F1 drive in the near future.”
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