Olsbergs Team Holmqvist have announced - to the surprise of the FV paddock - that they will field an unchanged line-up for the 2017 Formula Virtual season of Aron Einarsson and Kiara Thunder, with Sebastian Bergkvist once again reserve.
While Einarsson is no surprise having been with the team since they were in FV2, the announcement of Thunder is quite a shock given she was expected to return to Downton - whom she is on a one-year loan deal from.
"Sebastian will also continue his development work behind the scenes and will be in handful of practice sessions before the end of this season, while also competing in at least 5 practice sessions in 2017. He is currently instrumental in helping design the 2017 car, while continually focusing on his VERS campaign too, in which he is - as we expected - contending for the title."
Both Einarsson and Bergkvist have been signed on one-year contract extensions, while Thunder's contract has been purchased from the Downton team for an undisclosed fee (and therefore runs until the end of 2018), of which the team wouldn't be drawn into. "We can confirm we have brought Kiara's contract, but we will not announce the amount of which we paid," confirmed team owner Fredrick Holmqvist, "we do not talk about figures and drivers contracts amounts in public."
Bradley Downton - team principal of Downton FV - confirmed Kiara's contract had indeed been sold, but would not be drawn into reasons or giving any further information. "As of 2017, Kiara Thunder will no longer be a Downton driver. We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for all she has done and congratulate her once more on her FV2 title last season. We expect her to flourish in Formula Virtual in the coming years and wish her every success at Holmqvist."