With just over a week to go until pre-season testing in Sakhir, the Formula 2 grid is officially complete following Trident’s announcement that Dutch racer Richard Verschoor will join Calan Williams at the Italian team for 2022.

Competing in seven of the eight rounds in 2021, Verschoor finished 11th in the standings, taking his first victory with MP Motorsport in Sprint Race 2 at Silverstone.

The 21-year-old left the team before Round 7 in Jeddah, but returned to the grid for the finale at Yas Marina with Charouz Racing System, finishing 10th in the Feature Race.

“I'm extremely proud and motivated to join a highly-professional and winning team like Trident Motorsport for the 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship,” said Verschoor. “I think we have all conditions needed to achieve important goals and experience a positive season.

“I cannot wait to get on track. I will give my best to take full advantage of this great opportunity."

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Verschoor won Sprint Race 2 at Silverstone last season
Verschoor won Sprint Race 2 at Silverstone last season

In his first season of single-seater racing in 2016, Verschoor won both the SMP and Spanish Formula 4 Championships. He then gained further experience in ADAC F4, Italian F4, Formula Renault Eurocup and the Toyota Racing Series.

Verschoor spent two seasons in Formula 3 with MP Motorsport and won the 2019 Macau Grand Prix with the Dutch team.

Trident Team Manager Giacomo Ricci added: “We are proud to welcome a driver of undisputed value like Verschoor to our team. We are motivated by the prospect of working with such a talented and experienced racer, who already proved capable to achieve outstanding goals.

“I think Verschoor and Williams will be an extremely solid and promising combination, and they will keep pushing each other to the next level, laying the conditions for a successful season. We cannot wait to be back on track for the 2022 season with our new lineup."