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F2 veteran Ghiotto makes return at Monza replacing Nissany at DAMS

Nissany collected his 13th penalty point of the 2022 season at Zandvoort last weekend when he made connection with David Beckmann behind the safety car, crossing the 12-point threshold within one season.

The Israeli, who has scored a best finish of fourth this year in the Imola sprint race, becomes the 3rd driver to be banned for incurring way too many penalty points this year after Van Amersfoort Racing’s Amaury Cordell was prevented from starting at Silverstone, while Oli Caldwell (Campos) was forced to sit out at Spa.

In his place, DAMS has called up Ghiotto, who has been racing in GT World Challenge Europe this season for the Tresor by Car Collection Audi squad.

The Italian is credited with 113 starts up to now in F2 and its own forerunner GP2 dating back to to 2016, when he graduated to the secondary division after finishing because the runner-up to Esteban Ocon in the 2015 GP3 series.

He was a fixture in the series until 2020 for the Trident, Russian Time, Virtuosi and Hitech teams, scoring seven wins, like the 2017 Monza sprint race.

His best finish in the standings was third in 2019, when he was seven points behind runner-up Nicholas Latifi.

“I’m incredibly pleased to be back F2 within my home race in Monza,” said Ghiotto.

“It has been this type of late call that I cannot believe I’m going to be racing this weekend!

“I’m really looking towards joining up with a team I enjoyed so many battles against previously, and it’ll be nice to really have the possiblity to finally interact.”

Roy Nissany, Dams

Roy Nissany, Dams

Photo by: FIA

Ghiotto happens to be joint second in the all-time F2 starts stakes, tied with Ralph Boschung and Nissany. Ghiotto and Boschung are set to surpass Louis Deletraz, who has started 92 F2 races, while Ghiotto can be the second-most experienced driver in the annals of GP2/F2 behind Johnny Cecotto Jr on 119 starts.

Since departing the Formula 1 junior series, Ghiotto has concentrated on sportscars, making his debut within the short-lived Ginetta LMP1 programme in the Fuji 6 Hours World Endurance Championship round in 2019.

He completed his sole day of F1 testing for Williams at the Hungaroring in 2017.

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