P1 Motorsport is pleased to announce that Finnish driver Matias
Laine will complete the team's line-up for the 2013 Formula Renault
The 22 year-old from Joensuu in Finland graduates to the FR 3.5
category after two years racing in the notoriously competitive GP3
Series. Following his rookie season in GP3, Laine signed for
MW Arden at the beginning of 2012, and went on to score four podium
finishes including his maiden victory in the series. These
results secured Laine an impressive fifth position in the drivers'
Prior to 2011, the GP3 race winner competed in Formula Renault
2.0 (UK and Eurocup), and Formula Three Euroseries.
Speaking about the announcement, Laine said: "I'm very happy to
be joining P1 Motorsport for 2013. It is a great opportunity
for me to race in Formula Renault 3.5 - after two years in GP3, it
is obviously a big step forward in my racing career. The P1
car felt really good in testing; I am very confident in the team,
and looking forward to the season ahead."
P1's Chief Engineer, Mike Henderson, added: "We're really
pleased to confirm Matias for the coming season. When he
tested with P1 he showed great potential within just one day, and
he settled in really well with the team and the way we work.
We're very much looking forward to working with Matias in his
rookie season, and to achieving some strong results throughout the
Rookie Laine joins British racer Will Stevens at P1 Motorsport,
who will be competing in his second year in the Formula Renault 3.5