Amaury Cordeel is set to join the ambitious and enthusiastic Van Amersfoort team, who will embark on their maiden FIA Formula 2 campaign this year.
“I am extremely excited to make this step up to F2. I got to know the car during the post-season test at Abu Dhabi and it is an impressive drive. The power increase in comparison to F3 is obviously very noticeable, but I felt comfortable behind the wheel.”
Driving for Campos in last season’s Formula 3 Championship, Cordeel will look to improve on his results with the Dutch outfit, as he is promoted into the Formula One feeder series.
“I am thankful for the trust they’ve put in me and I look very much forward to being part of their FIA F2 debut.”
Champion of the 2018 F4 Spanish series, Cordeel secured 12 podiums, including three race wins with MP Motorsport.
Gaining this valuable experience with a highly regarded team, the Belgian seemed a natural option for VAR when they tested their Formula 2 car in Abu Dhabi.
Frits Van Amersfoorst gave credit to Cordeel’s efforts after the test, ‘For our Belgian friend, Amaury, he’s done pretty well.’
VAR CEO, Rob Niessink, is of the same opinion:
“After the test at Abu Dhabi, we knew we wanted Amaury in the car. He is very committed to perform and forms a good match with the team. He proofed to be an intelligent driver and learns quickly, something we highly value in a driver. Our crew is excited and set up to support him in every way possible, assisting him to reach his full potential. As this is both his and our first time in the FIA F2 championship, we know it won’t be a walk in the park, but as a team we are extremely dedicated to perform and leave a mark starting with the very first outing at Bahrain and onwards!”
Cordeel’s highest position on the timing sheets was P6 on the third afternoon of the testing sessions:
“The level of dedication and professionalism shown during the test at Yas Marina was impressive, the least said. I will put my learnings from F3 to best use and together with the support of VAR, will build up from there onwards.
“I am very well aware that the season ahead will be a challenging one and I will face a steep learning curve. However, having Van Amersfoort Racing as my team to rely on gives me great confidence.
“I have been using the off-season to get in optimum shape, both physically and mentally, not to mention the endless hours I’ve spent in the simulator. I feel ready!”
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