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All Change at MP Motorsport

The Formula 2 MP Motorsport team said farewell to Japanese driver Nobuharu Matsushita last week and welcomed Frenchman, Giuliano Alesi, to the Dutch outfit.

 

 

The long-serving Formula 2 driver has departed ways with the feeder series for pastures new.

 

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応援してくださる皆様へ 公式発表もありましたが、僕は今シーズン、残りのF2選手権には参戦しない事が決まりました。個人として戦う事を決めた2020年、開幕前から波乱の連続でしたが、チームからは絶大なサポートをしてもらい戦ってきました。結果的に、悔しいレースも多いですが、MPと共に勝ち取ったバルセロナでの優勝は忘れられないレースです。夏のベルギー大会での出来事以降、シーズンの継続が困難になり、僕たちはここで、今シーズンのF2に別れを告げることにしました。 スポンサー各社の皆様、そして応援してくれたすべての人々へ、僕と共にこのシーズンを戦ってくれた事を心から感謝しています。 ありがとうございました! ー合掌ー

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Joining ART for the 2015, 2016, 2017 seasons and taking a time-out in 2018 when he competed in the Super Formula series, Matsushita returned to Formula 2 in 2019, driving for Carlin.

The man from Japan switched to MP for the 2020 season.

Matsushita’s epic win in Barcelona this season, starting in P18 and finishing on the top step, will stay in the driver, and team’s memory for a long time to come.

“I have decided not to participate in the rest of the F2 Championship this season.”

”The victory in Barcelona that [I] won with MP is an unforgettable race.”

”Thank you very much!”

 

 

Alesi made the switch from the BWT team with immediate effect.

 

 

 

 

The team were in good spirits as Friday’s Practice session kicked off.

 

 

 

Friday Qualifying:

 

 

 

Set your alarms!

 

 

Saturday’s Feature Race saw a great start to Alesi’s maiden voyage after gaining seven places in a frantic race.

 

 

Sochi… The Sprint Race that never was…

 

 

Mixed fortunes:

 

 

MP are currently seventh in the Teams’ Championship, with 121 points.

They’ll be looking to extract as many as they can as Formula 2 heads into the final two races of the season, in just over eight weeks time, at the Sakhir Circuit, Bahrain.

 

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*Image Credit: Dutch Photo Agency

 

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