MP Motorsport have announced that Clement Novalak has replaced Lirim Zendeli for the final two rounds of 2021 Formula Two season, ahead of signing a permanent deal for 2022 campaign.
Novalak’s graduation comes after he spent the last two seasons in F3 with Carlin and Trident where he picked up six podiums in total, whilst also finishing third this season for Trident who were crowned as the teams’ champions.
Novalak will now step up to F2 with MP Motorsport for the final two rounds of this season in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, ahead of embarking on a full-time campaign in 2022 with the Dutch based team.
“Delighted” to secure a competitive “taste of F2” in the final two rounds, Novalak said: “This will only help me towards my ambitions for a first full season in F2 in 2022. I’m truly thankful to MP Motorsport for handing me this opportunity, and I fully intend to make the most of it.
“MP has been a race-winning outfit in F2 for the past two years, so I hope that teaming up with them will allow me to return to my winning ways. I can’t wait to get started!”
MP Motorsport Team Manager, Sander Dorsman praised Novalak for his impressive F3 campaign, adding: “He pulled together a very strong season in F3, and especially his late run of form that took him up from sixth to third in the standings was extremely impressive.”
Dorsman also iterated that he hopes that Novalak can carry that form across into F2 with taster runs in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi ahead of a full rookie season, commenting: “We are aiming to capitalize on that momentum by putting him in one of our F2 cars in the two remaining rounds on the Arabian peninsula.
“For next year, I’m sure he will be among the outstanding rookies of the year.”
Novalak’s arrival also means that Zendeli has left the team due to “financial reasons” after picking up just 13 points from seven races this season.
This isn’t the first time that a driver has driven in at least one of the final two F2 rounds of a season before making a full move into the category for the following season, with Theo Pourchaire, Christian Lundgaard and Lando Norris having all made their F2 debuts in this manner.