Ocean confirms Chilton and Leimer

The GP2 Series has confirmed via twitter that Tiago Monteiro’s Ocean team has signed IFM champ Fabio Leimer and Briton Max Chilton for the 2010 season.

The team had been eying Leimer since the end of the season, finally putting a satisfactory deal together to sit the promising Swiss driver in one of its cars.  The other driver of interest had been American Alexander Rossi, who apparently has stepped backed from GP2 due to budget constraints, and may be looking into a 2010 GP3 season instead.

Max Chilton seemed to be headed for Barwa Addax, with whom he’s racing in the GP2 Asia short-season, with his family linked to a possible shareholder tie-up with Alejandro Agag’s team.  He must have found enough budget from 2010 drivers van der Garde and Perez to forgo the Chiton option.  Chilton is a less-experienced driver who may find the jump from British F3 to GP2 a bit steep.

All the best to both drivers… we will see them battle it out in the Asian series in the meantime.

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12 Responses to Ocean confirms Chilton and Leimer

  1. Nick says:

    Leimer could be a N1 in few season. He’s hungry and strong!
    However I don’t know if the squad will be at the top in 2010…

    N.

  2. sauber11 says:

    Rossi didnt step up from gp2 – he is searching and will find the money. He has 3 big sponsors and about 17 small ones.
    He also stated that he is going to continue in asia – but i am not sure now ( mb better change team now).
    Anyway i still dont rate Ocean as high as Dams or Rapax and would like him to change the team( Rapax is a winning team , best choise imho).

    • gp2 insider says:

      Changing teams in Asia sounds like good advice!

      • Tom says:

        I hear strong rumors that Rossi will finish Asia with Meritus. If this is the case, I believe he will be conisistently fighting for the podium. As for Main series I would like to see him get a seat with DAMS (at least for year 1).

  3. Nick says:

    Rossi have a family arranged as a marketing team.
    He is young…
    I wish him all the best !

    N.

  4. Fujer says:

    gaaah Chilton, what does the teams see in him. It´s to early for Max and this will only hurt his carrer.

  5. Marcin says:

    No it won’t Fujer, he is young, but his dad has some involvement in Virgin Racing, furthermore it’s rumouired that AON may be involved in Virgin, so I’d say sooner than later we may see Chilton and/or Bird in F1.

  6. Marcin says:

    I’d say Bird deserves a shot.

    • Fujer says:

      well you cant say Bird deservs a shot in F1 cuz he hasnt done anything to get a shot at F1 yet. But he might be in F1 in the future but up until now he hasent done anything to get that chance o to deserve a shot.

  7. Diogo Oliveira says:

    Why didn’t Ocean bet in Filipe Albuquerque? No money…

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