Louis Delétraz will return to the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2020 after joining the Charouz Racing System team.
The 22-year-old was one of the fastest drivers in the category during 2019 and recorded memorable podium finishes at Monaco, Silverstone and Sochi.
However, he was unable to mount the title challenge he hoped for after suffering a sequence of technical problems that were out of his control.
“I’m very happy to stay in Formula 2 next season,” Louis explained. “As a driver that already has a Superlicence, the ultimate target for 2020 was F1. But things didn’t go as planned with the results this season.
“But that’s the way it can go in motorsport and I’m focused on fighting at the front and trying to win with Charouz. I will go there and do the maximum.”
In joining Charouz Racing System, ADSS-supported Louis is returning to familiar surroundings having raced for the Czech-based squad during the 2018 season.
He enjoyed a formidable post-season F2 test with the team in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of the month and finished three days of running with the fastest lap time overall and also set the benchmark pace on two of the three days.
“My first laps back with the team felt great at Yas Marina,” Louis said. “It was only testing but I settled in quickly and there was no adaption time required – something that I think showed in the times.
“I’m looking forward to working with the guys at Charouz again – many of whom are the same as when I drove there in 2018. I know they have good experience like me so I’m confident we can put that together and do something good in 2020.”
Charouz Racing System team principal, Bob Vavrik, said: “It’s great to have Louis back with us. He’s a very experienced driver that knows what it takes to win in F2. The fantastic form he showed in testing illustrates what can be achieved if we get things right during the races, so we’ll be working flat-out to make sure we start the new season quickly and successfully.”