McLaren tester Sergio Sette Camara switches to DAMS for 2019

McLaren test and development driver Sérgio Sette Câmara will switch to DAMS for the 2019 Formula 2 season, completing the team's driver line-up.

Sette Câmara took eight podiums this year with Carlin, racing alongside Lando Norris at the squad, and classified sixth in the championship, having missed one round through injury.

Sette Câmara will continue in the series for a third year, having spent his 2017 rookie season with MP Motorsport, and will line-up for DAMS, alongside Williams reserve driver Nicholas Latifi.

It was announced last month that the 20-year-old Brazilian will join McLaren's Young Driver Programme for 2019, taking up the role of test and development driver.

Sette Câmara has prior Formula 1 experience from his stint as a Red Bull junior, which led to a test outing with Toro Rosso at Silverstone in 2016.

“I’m really glad to join DAMS for 2019,” said Sette Câmara.

“The team is extremely well prepared, which I’ve seen first-hand when I went to the workshop and during the Abu Dhabi test.

“Through my career DAMS has always been a reference in Formula 2 and GP2 before that.

“It has had plenty of success across the various series it has competed in.

“I already know many of the squad members, especially the F2 department who made me feel really comfortable.

“It’s very satisfying when you go to a team and feel so welcome. I am looking forward to 2019, and believe we will have an excellent season.”

Team boss Jean Paul Driot added: “We are delighted to have such a strong team for the 2019 Formula 2 season.

“We are excited for Sergio to come on board with us. We have followed him for several years and in 2018 he demonstrated his impressive speed with a lot of podium finishes.

“The goal is to fight for both championships, and Sergio should be in the battle for victories at every race.

“We hope to give him the best opportunity to showcase his skills next year, and earn an F1 drive in the near future.”