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Binder, Palou in for Jerez Formula 2 Round

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The Formula 2 paddock will be introduced to two new faces this weekend as Rapax and Campos make changes for the penultimate event of 2017.

Rapax will have its sixth pilot of the 2017 Formula 2 season at Jerez as Rene Binder replaces Roberto Merhi in its No. 19 machine, partnering Louis Deletraz.

It is the sixth straight year in which Binder has competed in the second tier of the junior ladder below F1, after 72 starts for five teams in GP2 between 2012 and 2016.

Binder has been in Formula V8 3.5 for a sophomore season this year, winning three times at Monza and the Circuit of the Americas. He has recent knowledge of the Spanish track, racing twice there in 2016.

The Austrian will be the second driver to contest both recent versions of the F2 championships, joining Jordan King, in being a part of the MotorSport Vision-ran category that took place in 2009 to 2012.

Merhi spent time in the car at Belgium and Italy after taking over from Sergio Canamasas, scoring three top-10 finishes and 16 points. He moved up to 17th in the drivers’ championship above Deletraz following the last round at Monza.

Canamasas entered six events between Austria and Hungary, delivering two top-10 results and 18 points. Nyck de Vries and Johnny Cecotto also started for the Italians as the line-up that originally started the year.

Palou Making Campos Debut

Alex Palou will take part in the final two weekends of the season at Campos, replacing Robert Visoiu.

Palou has used the year in both Japanese F3 and Formula V8 3.5 while maintaining his relationship with the Spanish team after racing for it for two years in GP3 in 2015 and 2016.

He finished the season third in the drivers’ championship in the Japanese formula and taken three podiums during three weekends in the other.

Visoiu made his first start in Monaco after Stefano Coletti and Roberto Merhi took the wheel in Bahrain and Spain, going on to have one point in 14 races. The Romanian later said on Twitter that he has retired from the sport.

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Cameron Paterson

Cameron Paterson is currently studying Media as well as writing for several websites. A watcher of motorsport since 2007, a casual television watch evolved to watching and reading anything related to something with wheels and an engine. A fan of writing, it was a no-brainer about what to do to try and get into the sport.

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