Highly-competitive trio set for European debut at Circuit Paul Ricard
PREMA is delighted to announce that Louis Delétraz and Ferdinand Habsburg will join the team's European Le Mans Series operation in 2022 alongside Juan Manuel Correa.
Reigning ELMS champion Delétraz will contest a double LMP2 campaign under the PREMA banner, featuring both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the ELMS. The 24-year-old Swissman is coming from fourth place in class with the team in the opening round of the WEC season, the 1000 Miles of Sebring.
Like Delétraz, Habsburg started his endurance racing career after a successful run in single-seaters. Competing for the first time in the LMP2 class in 2021, the 24-year-old Austrian quickly rose to prominence, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC title in the same season in addition to the Asian Le Mans Series.
Correa, whose ELMS programme was announced in early February, will make his endurance racing debut. The 22-year-old Ecuadorian-American joined PREMA for his first steps in single-seater racing in 2016 before going on to race in the GP3 Series and FIA Formula 2 Championship.
The European Le Mans Series season will go underway with two days of official testing on the 11th and 12th of April at Circuit Paul Ricard. The opening race of the year, the 4 Hours of Le Castellet, will be held at the French Grand Prix circuit on the 17th of April.
Rene Rosin - Team Principal
“We are really looking forward to the start of the 2022 ELMS season with a young and talented driver line-up. We already had the chance to see Louis on track in testing and in WEC at Sebring, and he really impressed us. We also know Ferdinand’s potential as we have been competitors in the past, and the results of both speak for themselves. Together with JM, I think they form an outstanding trio. We cannot wait to see them race.”
“I am delighted to race in the ELMS alongside FIA WEC with PREMA. My 2022 programme will be quite busy with IMSA, WEC, and ELMS, so doing two of them with the same team allows for better preparation and, in general, to understand where we are better in every aspect, especially ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I am very happy to have Ferdinand and JM as teammates. It is a very young and strong line-up, in a new team. I look forward to what we can achieve as we have a common goal of doing well and winning as much as we can. I really thank the team for this opportunity.”
"I have always had a good relationship with this team, especially in my Formula 3 days, and I am super happy to be racing with them now. I really believe that we are strong, and can do a mega job in this ELMS campaign!"