Racing Engineering has announced that Nathanaël Berthon will be joining them to compete in the 2012 GP2 Series alongside Fabio Leimer.
22 year old Berthon began his racing career in karts before moving to single-seaters in 2008 when he competed in the Formula Renault 2.0 Series. In 2009 the young Frenchman graduated to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series taking his first win in the category at Magny Cours.
Berthon’s first experience with GP2 was in the 2011 GP2 Asia Series when he joined Racing Engineering and he quickly showed he was quite at home in this competitive Series. He returned to GP2, again with Racing Engineering, for the 2011 end-of-season races at Abu Dhabi where he finished 9th in Race 1.
Joining Racing Engineering for the recent GP2 Series tests at Jerez, Berthon quickly showed an increasing pace as he re-acquainted himself with the Spanish team and the Dallara chassis. His next outing will be at the three days of testing which begin at Barcelona on Tuesday March the 6th.
Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, president of Racing Engineering:"I am happy to have Nat back in the team with us for the 2012 season. He is extremely quick and has shown in Abu Dhabi his passing abilities. We now have to work with the aim of qualifying him as far forward on the grid so he can show his talent and finish the season in the top five positions."
Nathanaël Berthon:"I am really delighted to be part of GP2 in 2012, especially with Racing Engineering. It's a very strong team where I feel very comfortable. 2012 is going to be one of the most important seasons for me and it will be a very work intense year in order to fight at the top. I would like to thank everyone, who made this possible as without their trust and belief in me, this couldn't have happened."