In a shock turn of events Downton have announced FV2 Series Championship leader Klaas van Snelheid will step up to Formula Virtual with them in 2017, leaving one of Nathaniel Powers or Marcus Thunder - the teams current race drivers - without a race seat.
The announcement was made in the build up to the 2016 Dutch V-Prix - a home race in FV2 for Klaas - where it was also confirmed he would drive in the practice session ahead of the V-Prix as a demonstration run, in place of Marcus Thunder.
Klaas has enjoyed much success in junior categories, winning both FV3 and VWRS - and currently leads the FV2 series.
"We're delighted to announce Klaas with be racing for us in 2017," Bradley Downton said in a press conference. "He's proven himself to be a very quick and competitive young driver, and I'm sure that won't change when he joins Formula Virtual. Naturally there will be a learning curve, but we have the utmost confidence in Klaas."
Notably both the teams current drivers were absent from interviews on Thursday evening, and Downton refused to be drawn in to questions over who would partner van Snelheid next season.
"Obviously one of them will be without a race seat, however we have both contracted to the team next season. Two into one clearly doesn't go, so one will miss out - but we have not and will not make that decision until the end of the season. Frankly - whoever performs better will get the seat, we want the absolute best we can get."