MP Motorsport’s Dorian Boccolacci will graduate to Formula 2 this weekend after the Dutch squad split with former Manor Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi.
Boccolacci will join the Formula 2 squad for this weekend’s round at Spa and is expected to keep the drive for the rest of the season.
Boccolacci, 19-years-old, joined the squad’s GP3 team after winning at the 2017 season finale in Abu Dhabi and has impressed with his speed and leadership of the team throughout 2018, including winning from pole in France before a faulty fuel seal meant the scrutineers were unable to produce a sample and he was disqualified. The Frenchman finally won his first race of the season last month in Hungaroring and has dominated against his team-mates throughout the year.
“I’m grasping this opportunity with both hands.” said Boccalacci. “Being promoted to F2 halfway into my second season in GP3 is a sign of confidence by MP Motorsport, a team with which I have gelled really well. I’m looking forward to the step up in both power and downforce.”
Team manager of MP Motorsport, Sander Dorsman, echoed how well the team had worked throughout this GP3 season. “Dorian has been outstanding in his GP3 stretch with us. We’ve been working very well together, so we are happy to promote him to the top category in our programme. I’m sure he will quickly adapt to the F2 car.”
Richard Verschoor will make his GP3 debut for the squad, taking Boccolacci’s seat. The 17-year-old, returning to the squad that took him to two Formula 4 championships in 2016, has been racing in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 for the past season and a half and currently sits 11th in the championship. Verschoor is also a former Red Bull Junior driver, being dropped at the end of 2017.