In a surprise ‘late’ move after the typical ‘silly season’ has come to an end, or rather early pre-season move, Italian frontrunner Riccardo Berton announced his departure from Swiss engine sponsor Team Orion.
“Today It’s time to start a new adventure! I have to say an HUGE thanks to Adrien Bertin and to all Team Orion for the support in the last 3 years!!
See you on the track!”
The announcement and timing comes as a slight surprise given Adrien Bertin’s successful track record of guiding and nurturing talent to win Championships, a commonly heard phrase in the pits hailing Berton ‘as the next Ronnefalk’ – 3 years junior to the new World Champion, and with a similar career progression and expected trajectory.
However 2017 will offer up fresh challenges, LRP have been linked with the Italian driver, although given their close relationship to fellow Italian Davide Ongaro one wonders if another home would seem likelier.