MP Motorsport has snapped up Clément Novalak for a rookie FIA Formula 2 campaign in 2022, while fresh from taking third in the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship, the 20-year-old from Avignon was also signed by MP to make the step up to FIA Formula 2 in the final two rounds of the 2021 championship.
The Franco-Swiss driver proved a frontrunner in this year’s FIA Formula 3 Championship, as a consistent run of four podiums and a raft of other points-scoring finishes elevated him to a creditable third in the overall standings. His strong performance was more than enough to warrant promotion to FIA F2, and Novalak was duly picked up by MP Motorsport as one of the first drivers to sign for the new season. In fact, preceding his first full season of F2, Novalak will make his acquaintance with the category and the MP team in the final two rounds of the 2021 championship at Jeddah and Yas Marina, taking over the no.12 entry from Lirim Zendeli.
“I’m delighted to get my first taste of F2 as soon as at Jeddah and Yas Marina”, said Novalak. “This will only help me towards my ambitions for a first full season in F2 in 2022. I’m truly thankful to MP Motorsport for handing me this opportunity, and I fully intend to make the most of it. MP has been a race-winning outfit in F2 for the past two years, so I hope that teaming up with them will allow me to return to my winning ways. I can’t wait to get started!”
“We are very happy to welcome Clément in our F2 line-up for 2022, and are especially excited to give him his first runs in a Formula 2 car in the six 2021 races still coming up”, said Sander Dorsman, MP Motorsport’s team manager. “He pulled together a very strong season in F3, and especially his late run of form that took him up from sixth to third in the standings was extremely impressive. We are aiming to capitalize on that momentum by putting him in one of our F2 cars in the two remaining rounds on the Arabian peninsula. For next year, I’m sure he will be among the outstanding rookies of the year.”
In 2018, Novalak began his single-seater career in the Toyota Racing Series, in the process taking that year’s rookie title before embarking on a full season of the Formula Renault Eurocup while two-timing in the BRDC F3 series. His full 2019 campaign in the series resulted in the title which he used as the platform to graduate to FIA F3, finishing 12th in the 2020 season and third in the 2021 season.