21 year old, Sean Gelael has been confirmed as one half of Prema’s 2018 F2 driver line up. The team has produced the World Championship winner for two years in a row and, entering his third year in the sport, this will be an encouraging move.
Gelael entered the sport mid-season in 2015 with Carlin before being signed by Campos for the following season, finishing 15th in the standings. He currently drives for Pertamina Arden and occupies the same 15th spot in the championship, his best finish coming in Monza where he was able to scoop fifth in a chaotic feature race.
He is currently a member of the Red Bull Racing young driver program and has taken part in free practice sessions for Toro Rosso, as well as test sessions in both Bahrain and Hungary.
Given his less than memorable results and, somewhat questionable race craft at times, securing a seat at the top team in the sport comes as something of a surprise.
Of course, with the introduction of the new car for 2018, this could change, but Prema team boss, Rene Rosin, seems confident of the Indonesian’s ability, saying “With his multifaceted experience, he will definitely be a key resource for the 2018 Formula 2 season as we will need to adapt to a brand-new car,
“In our first year in the series, we decided to field a mix of an experienced driver and a rookie, while this season we went for an all-rookie program. In both cases, the results proved us right.
“For next year though, there will be a new factor in play and we will rely on experience to speed-up the development of the 2018 Dallara. Having raced and adapted himself to such diverse environments in the past, I’m sure that Sean will be able to meet his expectations and contribute to more success for the team.”
Asked about his new deal, Geleal said “Driving for such a successful team, so rich in history, is a great opportunity for every driver. Hopefully we will be able to build something important together with the team.
“We will go for a strong start at the Abu Dhabi post season tests to build the momentum. Everything will be new next year, a new car and challenge.
“I’m excited to take the next step for my third year in Formula 2 and hopefully we can achieve some good results.”
Incidentally, Gelael is known to be heavily financially backed by KFC who have had a prominent place on each car he has driven in the series and will no doubt adorn the livery of the 2018 Prema.