2023 Formula 2 Driver Lineup: PHM Racing announces full lineup

Roy Nissany from Israel of DAMS, portrait during Day One of FIA Formula 2 Testing at Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya on April 23, 2021 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

PHM Racing by Charouz has announced its lineup for the 2023 Formula 2 season, as they embark on their debut campaign.

The newly formed PHM Racing by Charouz has announced their Formula 2 lineup with Roy Nissany and Brad Benavides being partnered. Nissany previously raced for DAMS in 2022, and will be running his fifth season of F2 after making the switch. His teammate Benavides will be making his Formula 2, graduating from the 2022 F3 grid.

Nissany in Formula 2

Nissany made his Formula 2 debut in 2018 after finishing fifth in the World Series Formula V8 3.5 the year before. Joining Campos Racing, Nissany finished the season with only a single point. At the beginning of 2019, Nissany suffered a training injury that ruled him out for the entire year. He returned in 2020 racing for Trident but saw minor improvement, ending the year with five points & two fastest laps. He finished 19th in the standings.

In 2021 he joined DAMS Racing alongside Marcus Armstrong. Despite another poor season, Nissany was able to salvage the season with a podium finish at the Monaco Grand Prix. Nissany retained his seat for 2022 and was partnered with rookie Ayumu Iwasa from the Red Bull Academy. Iwasa was able to find success in the DAMS car and finished fifth in the standings by taking two wins and sixth podiums. Nissany once again finished nineteenth but finished the year with back-to-back finishes in the points.

Benavides’ Formula 3 season

Benavides made his Formula 3 debut with Carlin in 2021 partnering alongside Zak O’Sullivan and Enzo Trulli. O’Sullivan led the team, finishing 11th in the standings with two podiums, while Benavides finished 23rd in the standings with only three points.

Both drivers participated in the Formula 2 post-season test for the then-called Charouz Racing.

Following the announcements, Nissany stated:

“The tests we have done together last week showed some good potential, and I also have good memories from our previous experience together a few years ago. I can’t wait to get back in the car and start this new adventure. Next season is going to be long and demanding, and I’m already thrilled to race at those 14 amazing venues being part of the 2023 calendar”.

Benavides wrote:

“I firstly want to greatly thank my main sponsor AIX Investment Group, it’s an honor to have the trust and backing of such a successful organization. I am tremendously grateful that they’re helping me to get one step closer to my life’s dream.”

Paul H. Muller (Team owner of PHM Racing) added:

“I am very pleased that we were able to recruit two very talented drivers, Brad and Roy, for our new Formula 2 team. The fact that the team was able to work with both of them during the tests in Abu Dhabi means that we can benefit from the experience we have already gained. In March we will finally get started.”

2023 F2 Driver Lineup:

Benavides is the fourth driver from the 2022 Formula 3 season to graduate to Formula 2 next year.

  • Campos Racing: Ralph Boschung & Kush Maini
  • DAMS Racing: Arthur Leclerc & TBD
  • MP Motorsport: Dennis Hauger & TBD
  • PHM Racing by Charouz: Roy Nissany and Brad Benavides
  • PREMA Powerteam: Oliver Bearman & Frederick Vesti
  • Trident Racing: Clement Novalak & TBD

As drivers and teams continue to be announced the table will expand.