The former Toyota driver Timo Glock has signed to drive for the new formula one team Manor Grand Prix next year.
The 27-year-old German says he had several options for 2010, some of them with more established teams.
Glock says while every drivers objective is to win the world championship, the way he wants to succeed is to be part of the process of building a team and to play a key role in developing the car.
British-based Manor, who have a strong pedigree in junior series, are one of at least four new teams due to enter the sport next season.
The team will hold an official launch later this year, with former Brawn sponsor Virgin expected to come in as a major partner.
Glock missed the last three races of the season due to an injury sustained in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix but took two podium finishes including second place in Singapore in September.