Formula 3 powerhouse Prema Powerteam will take over the Lazarus squad's entry in the GP2 Series from 2016, it has been announced.
Prema, which took a fifth consecutive European F3 title this year courtesy of Felix Rosenqvist, will make its official debut in post-season testing in Abu Dhabi, which takes place on November 2-4.
Lazarus entered GP2 in 2012, replacing Super Nova Racing on the entry list, and has run Nathanael Berthon, Zoel Amberg, Patric Niederhauser and Sergio Canamasas this season.
“I am very pleased to welcome Prema to the GP2 Series," said GP2 CEO Bruno Michel. "Their remarkable track record makes me believe that they should be able to adapt quickly to our category.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank [Lazarus team principal] Tancredi Pagiaro and his team for their hard work and dedication for the past four seasons. I wish them the best for the future."
Prema boss Rene Rosin added: "We are delighted to line-up for this exciting new adventure in the GP2 Series. Prema always followed the evolution of the GP2 concept as an interested spectator, and it is now finally time to join the game in first person.
"The move to the GP2 Series is a logical step for Prema, following the successful experiences in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and in the Italian and the German Formula 4 Championships, which will continue with the same level of commitment.
"I would like to thank Bruno Michel for his efforts in making us part of the GP2 Series”.
Motorsport.com understands that Ferrari protégé Lance Stroll, who raced for Prema in European F3 this season, is set to be one of the team's 2016 drivers.
Prema takes over Lazarus' GP2 entry
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