Petr Ptacek will continue his 2020 Formula Renault Eurocup campaign with MP Motorsport after switching to the Dutch squad for the final three rounds of the season.
The 18-year-old has parted ways with R-ace GP and will compete alongside new team-mates Hadrien David and Franco Colapinto at this weekend’s eighth round in Imola.
“I leave R-ace GP on good terms and I thank the guys there for their hard work and support this season. Unfortunately, the programme wasn’t delivering the results we had all targeted so we agreed to change for the final three events,” Petr explained.
“MP Motorsport has shown itself to be fast and when I tested with them at Yas Marina at the end of last season I was second quickest – just 0.026s off the best pace. I’m looking forward to this next chapter and I hope we can keep going in this positive direction.”
Petr will make his MP Motorsport debut at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, where the Formula Renault Eurocup will support the 13th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship season.
Given the busy on-track schedule at F1 events, the Sauber Academy driver won’t have the luxury of a pre-event collective test to acclimatise to his new team and car.
Instead, he’ll only have a 50-minute Free Practice session on Saturday morning before Qualifying 1 gets underway at midday.
Petr said: “It’s always nice to have extra seat time but I’m comfortable going straight into it this weekend. There’s a big incentive for everyone when you’re racing on the same programme as F1, so my focus will be strong and positive heading to Imola.”
BLOB Aside from his Formula Renault preparations, Petr travelled to Spain this week to take part in the first day of FIA Formula 3 Championship post-season testing at Jerez. He drove for Campos Racing and it was his first experience in the latest F3 chassis and of the circuit.
“Running with Campos Racing gave me a good opportunity to learn about a different championship and to add to my experience as a driver. That’s always a positive,” he said.”
Saturday’s Formula Renault Eurocup Free Practice will get underway at 8.10, while the 20-minute Qualifying 1 session will start at 12.00. Race 1 will start on the same day at 15.30. Qualifying 2 and Race 2 will start at 08.55 and 10.30 respectively, on Sunday.