Charouz Racing have announced that David Beckmann and Guilherme Samaia will drive for the team in the 2021 Formula Two season.
Beckmann’s arrival sees the German make the step up from F3 where he enjoyed a strong campaign with Trident en-route to sixth in the standings, in which he took two wins and four other podium finishes to eventually finish 24.5 points off eventual champion – Oscar Piastri.
Last season’s results also marked a return to form with Beckmann following his return to Trident where he enjoyed a strong second half to 2018, having endured a difficult 2019 at ART Grand Prix.
The 20 year-old is therefore ‘delighted’ to graduate up to F2 after making his debut during December’s post-season test in Bahrain, saying: “It’s exciting to have in front of me a new car and a new challenge, which reminds me the step I took from F4 to F3, and this will be really challenging.”
Beckmann also acknowledged that this move puts him under the glare of Formula One which is his ultimate aim, adding: “Of course, it’s also one more step towards Formula 1, and this means to see your goal a little bit closer.”
Joining Charouz therefore feels ‘really comfortable’ for Beckmann who is aiming to be competitive and consistent in performance this season, with the team having managed 17 podiums in three previous campaigns at this level with four different drivers, including Louis Deletraz, Callum Ilott and Juan Manuel Correa.
This move will also see Beckmann reunite with some personnel of who he has previously worked with further down the motorsport ladder.
Beckmann will be joined by Samaia who makes the switch from Campos after one season at the Spanish team, who have already announced Ralph Boschung and Gianluca Petecof as their driver lineup for the new season.
Samaia failed to score any points throughout last campaign and finished last overall in the standings out of the 19 drivers who participated in every race.
The Brazilian tested for Charouz in post-season with Samaia speaking on how that opportunity benefitted him, saying: “They gave me a great opportunity at the end of the 2020 season to rebuild and show what we can do out at the track.”
Samaia also praised the ‘high energy’ of that test and is ‘truly grateful’ to join the team as he looks to bounce back from a disastrous rookie season with a ‘confident’ 2021 campaign.
Team Principal, Antonin Charouz is ‘glad’ to have signed Beckmann and Samaia despite taking a moment to reflect on 2020, saying: “… it probably was one of the hardest in motorsport’s history, but we have been strong and kept our heads down to make the most out of it.”
Charouz however is ‘much more confident’ about 2021 with clearer guidelines moving forwards which will make the team more focused on track, with the post-season testing results for both Beckmann and Samaia described as ‘positive and encouraging’ as they prepare for the new season.
Louis Deletraz and Pedro Piquet have therefore both left the team with the latter having confirmed in December that he won’t return to F2 this season, whilst Deletraz’s plans are unclear at present.
There are now just three seats to fill with Trident yet to finalise their driver lineup, whilst MP Motorsport have one seat to fill alongside Lirim Zendeli.