Motorsport Week - Formula 2 & GP3 News http://www.motorsportweek.com Catch up on all Formula 2 & GP3 news, here at Motorsport Week RSS Feed! http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14392http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14392Nirei Fukuzumi, Dorian Boccolacci quickest at second GP3 testThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:41:26 GMT<p>Nirei Fukuzumi and Dorian Boccolacci topped the timesheets in Barcelona at the second two-day pre-season GP3 test.</p> <p>ART racer Fukuzumi set the pace on the opening day of running, setting his best time within the first hour of the afternoon session.</p> <p>His fastest lap of 1:33.685 proved to be four tenths quicker than his team-mate Anthoine Hubert&rsquo;s best effort, with Arjun Maini &ndash; who was quickest in the wet-to-dry morning session &ndash; third for Jenzer.</p> <p>Mercedes F1 junior George Russell was fourth, with Alessio Lorandi next up in the second Jenzer car. Giuliano Alesi and Kevin J&ouml;rg were sixth and seventh.</p> <p>ART&rsquo;s Jack Aitken was eighth, while Italian F4 champion Marcos Siebert and DAMS driver Danino Ferrucci completed the top 10.</p> <p>The morning session was quiet due to the damp conditions, with three red flags for cars stopped on the circuit interrupting the afternoon.</p> <p>The second and final day of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya test was also disrupted by red flags, one in the morning and two in the afternoon.</p> <p>Boccolacci, who has yet to sign for a team in GP3 this year, put in a 1:32.896 in the morning session to go quickest for Trident and edged Fukuzumi by just 0.012 seconds.</p> <p>Dry weather meant many teams focused on qualifying in the morning before switching focus to race runs in the afternoon.</p> <p>Fukuzumi&rsquo;s ART team-mates Aitken and Russel were third and fourth, with Red Bull junior Niko Kari in fifth. Campos driver Raoul Hyman and J&ouml;rg were next up.</p> <p>Siebert, Ferrucci and Maini completed the top 10 on the final day of the test. The third pre-season GP3 test will take place from the 25-26 April at Valencia.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14349http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14349Charles Leclerc storms to F2 sprint race victory with strategy gambleSun, 16 Apr 2017 12:19:33 GMT<p>Prema driver Charles Leclerc took victory in dramatic style in the Formula 2 sprint race in Bahrain after a brave strategy gamble.</p> <p>The Ferrari junior enjoyed a strong start to move from fifth to third on the opening lap, before an early safety car to clear Norman Nato&rsquo;s damaged car after contact with Oliver Rowland.</p> <p>When racing resumed, Leclerc quickly displaced Alexander Albon around the outside at Turn 4 and the French racer then took the lead from Luca Ghiotto on lap nine.</p> <p>Artem Markelov started on soft tyres and was challenging at the front when he pitted on the next lap for fresh medium tyres, an unusual strategy for a sprint race.</p> <p>Prema were clearly keeping an eye on his pace, with drivers expected to struggle making it to the end on the medium tyres. So, the team opted for &ldquo;plan B&rdquo; with Leclerc.</p> <p>He opened up a strong lead before pitting with eight laps remaining for soft tyres, emerging in 14th place and quickly starting to claw back ground - he was four seconds per lap quicker than the leaders at one point.</p> <p>He latched onto the battling frontrunners Ghiotto and Rowland with one lap to go, moving up to second on the main straight before displacing Ghiotto at Turn 4 after the Russian Time driver ran deep into the corner.</p> <p>Leclerc stormed to his first F2 win in his debut weekend, with Ghiotto hanging onto second and Rowland in third to complete the podium.</p> <p>Nicholas Latifi was fourth, with Jordan King in fifth after a feisty drive and Nyck de Vries in sixth. Albon slipped to seventh.</p> <p>Markelov&rsquo;s strategy did not work quite as well as Leclerc&rsquo;s but he rallied back to eighth and the final point. Johnny Cecotto and Antonio Fuoco &ndash; who lost ground late on &ndash; rounded out the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14335http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14335Artem Markelov victorious in F2 season-openerSat, 15 Apr 2017 11:32:41 GMT<p>Russian Time&rsquo;s Artem Markelov got the new Formula 2 era and season off to a spectacular start with a charging drive to victory in the Bahrain feature race.</p> <p>He had a good start and featured in the lead battle with Norman Nato and polesitter Charles Leclerc early on, but staying out for a few extra laps in the pitstop phase lost him time.</p> <p>Markelov emerged a slightly distant third but on fresher tyres, he closed in on the leading duo with a few laps left to go.</p> <p>Having lost the lead to Nato after a stunning pass around the outside at Turn 4, Leclerc was the first to come under pressure from Markelov.</p> <p>He was passed with three laps to go, with Nato looking clear out front. But Markelov&rsquo;s pace advantage was so great, he was soon all over the back of the leading Arden.</p> <p>Markelov snatched first place on the penultimate lap to secure victory at the F2 season-opener, his second-ever win at the wheel of the Dallara GP2/11. Nato and Leclerc rounded out the podium.</p> <p>Jordan King was fourth for MP Motorsport, with Oliver Rowland recovering from a poor qualifying and difficult opening few laps to finish fifth.</p> <p>Alexander Albon was sixth for ART, ahead of Markelov&rsquo;s Russian Time team-mate Luca Ghiotto and Honda junior Nobuharu Matsushita &ndash; who will start from reversed-grid pole for Sunday&rsquo;s sprint race.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14327http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14327Charles Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco lock out F2 front row in BahrainFri, 14 Apr 2017 17:55:39 GMT<p>Ferrari-backed Prema drivers Charles Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco locked out the front row of the grid for the Formula 2 Feature Race in Bahrain.</p> <p>Leclerc led for most of the 30-minute qualifying session, with his 1:38.907 being almost seven-tenths quicker than Fuoco&rsquo;s best effort.</p> <p>Leclerc completed his second run earlier than his rivals, which paid off after a strange incident in the final minutes of the session.</p> <p>Gustav Malja and Nabil Jeffri collided going through Turn 9, which brought out the virtual safety car and forced the bulk of the pack to abort their second runs.</p> <p>Jeffri was trying to pass when aa slowing Malja moved across the circuit, with the two clashing and stopping on the track.</p> <p>That meant Leclerc stormed to pole on his debut in the series, collecting four championship points as a result, ahead of Fuoco, McLaren junior Nyck de Vries &ndash; who suffered a disrupted practice session &ndash; and Arden&#39;s Norman Nato.</p> <p>Luca Ghiotto and Artem Markelov took fifth and seventh for Russian Time, split by ART&#39;s Nobhuaru Matsushita, while Renault development driver Oliver Rowland was unable to convert his practice pace amid a flurry of lock-ups and took eighth.</p> <p>Alexander Albon and&nbsp;S&eacute;rgio Sette C&acirc;mara rounded out the top 10 in their first F2 qualifying sessions.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14292http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14292Stefano Coletti, Sergio Canamasas complete Formula 2 grid for BahrainTue, 11 Apr 2017 08:13:24 GMT<p>GP2 veterans Stefano Coletti and Sergio Canamasas will race for Campos and Trident in this weekend&#39;s Formula 2 season-opener in Bahrain, completing the championship&#39;s 20-car field.</p> <p>Coletti competed full-time in GP2 between 2011 and 2014, taking seven victories, and finished a high of fifth in the 2013 standings while competing for Rapax, having led the championship mid-season before slipping down the order.</p> <p>Coletti moved into IndyCar in 2015 but was unable to secure his seat and instead moved to the European Le Mans Series, but will now return to Formula 1&#39;s rebranded feeder series this weekend.</p> <p>Campos tested Roberto Merhi and Raoul Hyman pre-season but Coletti will now link up with Ralph Boschung for the upcoming Sakhir event.</p> <p>&quot;I am glad with the deal that will see me drive for Campos Racing at FIA Formula 2 Championship&rsquo;s season opener event in Bahrain,&quot; said Coletti. &quot;I am looking forward to driving my car.&quot;</p> <p>Canamasas, meanwhile, completed pre-season testing with Trident and will line up on the grid this weekend.</p> <p>The Spaniard had started 90 races in the category, four more than fellow veteran Coletti, with two podiums, both achieved in Monaco.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14182http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14182McLaren youngster Nyck de Vries quickest as F2 testing concludes in BahrainFri, 31 Mar 2017 13:13:47 GMT<p>McLaren-backed youngster Nyck de Vries posted the quickest time as Formula 2&rsquo;s final pre-season test drew to a conclusion in Bahrain on Friday.</p> <p>Rapax driver de Vries, who has graduated from GP3, set a time of 1:40.583 to edge DAMS rival Oliver Rowland by just 0.007s, with Nobuharu Matsushita a mere 0.028s further back for ART Grand Prix.</p> <p>Rowland&rsquo;s DAMS team-mate, Nicholas Latifi, finished fourth, having led the way during Thursday&rsquo;s running, while Ferrari prot&eacute;g&eacute; Antonio Fuoco was the quickest Prema driver, taking fifth.</p> <p>Alexander Albon (ART) and Charles Leclerc (Prema), who contested last year&rsquo;s GP3 title, were sixth and seventh respectively, while Arden&rsquo;s Norman Nato and Sean Gelael took eighth and ninth.</p> <p>Artem Markelov rounded out the top 10 for Russian Time, narrowly ahead of new team-mate Luca Ghiotto.</p> <p>The new Formula 2 season will begin next month as a support to the Bahrain Grand Prix.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14173http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14173Nicholas Latifi claims top spot on second day of F2 test in BahrainThu, 30 Mar 2017 15:52:51 GMT<p>Nicholas Latifi claimed the top spot on the second day of Formula 2 testing in Bahrain, with the DAMS driver setting&nbsp;a best time of 1:40.541&nbsp;during the morning&#39;s running.</p> <p>Latifi&#39;s lap was just over a tenth quicker than Russian Time&#39;s Luca Ghiotto and&nbsp;team-mate Artem Markelov, the pair just over a&nbsp;tenth adrift in second and third place.</p> <p>MP Motorsport&#39;s Jordan King was fourth, just 0.001 ahead of Wednesday&#39;s pacesetter Charles Leclerc. The second MP car of S&eacute;rgio Sette C&acirc;mara had his times deleted after it was found he was driving an underweight car during the afternoon, however his morning time of 1:41.351 was good enough for P11 overall.</p> <p>Sixth-placed Norman Nato, with a 1:41.057,&nbsp;and Alexander Albon, a tenth slower&nbsp;in seventh, also managed times in the 1:40 bracket.</p> <p>Completing the top ten were ART&#39;s Nobuharu Matsushita, DAMS Oliver Rowland and McLaren prot&eacute;g&eacute; Nyck de Vries.</p> <p>The majority of drivers failed to improve their afternoon times, as race simulations and pit stop practice was the focus.</p> <p>Sergio Canamasas (Trident) and Raoul Hyman (Campos) were 17th and 19th respectively in the as-yet-unassigned cars.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14169http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14169Nobuharu Matsushita loses best time, Charles Leclerc heads F2 testWed, 29 Mar 2017 15:46:41 GMT<p>Prema driver Charles Leclerc has been promoted to the top of the timesheets during F2 testing in Bahrain, after original pacesetter Nobuharu Matsushita had his best time deleted for failing to observe red flags.</p> <p>Leclerc had been quickest at Sakhir before Matsushita pulled clear during the closing stages on a dry/wet/dry day of running, finishing the opening day of action up front.</p> <p>However, it later transpired that Matsushita, <span style="font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none"> along with Antonio Fuoco, Louis Del&eacute;traz, Johnny Cecotto Jr and Sergio Canamasas, had failed to respect a red flag, which came after Ralph Boschung stopped on track due to a technical issue.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none">All five were stripped of the times posted, leaving Leclerc at the front of the pack, courtesy of the 1:41.454 set during the morning session.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none">Jordan King was thus promoted to second position, with Luca Ghiotto third and Norman Nato fourth, for MP, Russian Time and Arden respectively.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none">Matsushita&#39;s time from the morning session was sufficient for the McLaren-Honda development driver to take fifth, ahead of DAMS duo Oliver Rowland and Nicholas Latifi.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none">Alexander Albon was eighth, with Nyck de Vries and the aforementioned Fuoco promoted into the top 10 following the decision to delete the times set by Del&eacute;traz and Cecotto Jr.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight:normal;text-decoration:none">The top 10 all recorded their quickest times during the morning session.</span></p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14106http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14106Renault youngster Aitken leads ART 1-2-3 at EstorilThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:52:32 GMT<p>Renault-backed youngster Jack Aitken clocked the quickest time on the second day of GP3&rsquo;s first pre-season test at a wet/dry Estoril.</p> <p>Wet weather affected proceedings on Thursday at the Portuguese venue but a dry spell enabled drivers to post representative times during the afternoon running.</p> <p>Aitken, his best time a 1:28.125, ultimately led a 1-2-3 for ART, as the championship&rsquo;s dominant team flexed its muscles once more, after George Russell headed a 1-2 on Wednesday.</p> <p>Newly-recruited Mercedes junior driver Russell finished third, with the Britons split by Honda prot&eacute;g&eacute; Nirei Fukuzumi.</p> <p>Trident&rsquo;s Ferrari-affiliated youngster Giuliano Alesi was fourth best, 0.746 down on Aitken, in front of Arden duo Steijn Schothorst and Niko Kari, the latter backed by Red Bull.</p> <p>Arjun Maini was seventh for Jenzer, ahead of Campos tester Marcos Siebert, leaving Arden&rsquo;s Leonardi Pulcini and Jenzer&rsquo;s Alessio Lorandi to round out the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14098http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14098ART's George Russell leads opening GP3 test day at EstorilWed, 22 Mar 2017 19:01:33 GMT<p>ART Grand Prix&#39;s&nbsp;George Russell topped the timesheets on the&nbsp;first day of GP3 Series pre-season testing at the&nbsp;Circuito do Estoril in Portugal on Wednesday.</p> <p>The Briton set his fastest lap during the afternoon session,&nbsp;stopping the clock at 1:27.606, less than a tenth ahead of team-mate Nirei Fukuzumi and Campos racer Raoul Hyman in third.</p> <p>Hyman led the morning session which was run under wet conditions, posting a&nbsp;1:31.539, which was an astonishing five seconds quicker than anybody else as he gambled with a late-slick run prior to lunch as the track was at its driest.</p> <p>With the sun beaming during the lunch break, a dry track saw a flood of cars exit their pits and begin setting competitive lap times, with&nbsp;Fukuzumi setting&nbsp;the early pace, before Leonardo Pulcini took over the lead after around an hour when the red flag was shown for Russell, who stopped at Turn 2.</p> <p>At the restart the session was very busy, with the teams and the drivers getting to grips with the newly added DRS device: Alessio Lorandi claimed the top spot before Arjun Maini pipped him with one hour left on the clock. Fukuzumi was the first man to dip under 1m28s, but so did Russell who lapped the circuit 0.079s faster than the Japanese ace.</p> <p>At the chequered flag, Russell led Fukuzumi and Hyman, with ART&#39;s Anthoine Hubert ahead of Jenzer&#39;s Arjun Maini and the Trident pair of Giuliano Alesi and Dorian Boccolacci. Jack Aitken, Arden&#39;s Niko Kari and DAMS&#39; Santino Ferrucci rounded out the top ten.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14059http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14059Alessio Lorandi signs with Jenzer for 2017 GP3 seasonFri, 17 Mar 2017 11:33:59 GMT<p>Italian driver Alessio Lorandi has been confirmed at Jenzer Motorsport for the upcoming GP3 season.</p> <p>Lorandi competed for Carlin in the European Formula 3 Championship for the majority of 2016, picking up one win and one further podium finish, before switching to GP3 with Jenzer for the final two rounds of the year.</p> <p>The 18-year-old also completed the end-of-year test in Abu Dhabi and has now signed with Jenzer for his first full season in GP3.</p> <p>&ldquo;Lining-up for the 2017 GP3 series is an huge step for my career and making it with Jenzer is definitely the best choice,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the last two rounds of the 2016 season it was a perfect fit and there is great chemistry with both Andreas Jenzer and his technical staff.</p> <p>&ldquo;In post-season testing we showed that we can compete with the best names of the series. This will be a challenging season in a very competitive environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>Elsewhere, Trident has formally confirmed that Ferrari-backed Giuliano Alesi will continue with the team for a second year, while it will hand test outings to Dorian Boccolacci and Ryan Tveter.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14048http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14048Norman Nato quickest for Arden as opening F2 test concludesWed, 15 Mar 2017 15:33:42 GMT<p>Arden&rsquo;s Norman Nato clocked the quickest time as the opening three-day Formula 2 pre-season test came to a conclusion at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Wednesday.</p> <p>Nato, returning to the team with which he spent his rookie GP2 campaign in 2015, set a time of 1:27.834 during the morning session to finish 0.054 clear of DAMS&rsquo; Oliver Rowland.</p> <p>ART&rsquo;s Alexander Albon was the only other driver to register a lap in the 1:27s as he placed third, in front of McLaren-backed Rapax newcomer Nyck de Vries.</p> <p>Russian Time finished fifth and sixth with Luca Ghiotto in front of the experienced Artem Markelov, while Sean Gelael took seventh for Arden and Nicholas Latifi claimed eighth for DAMS.</p> <p>Prema&rsquo;s Ferrari junior drivers Charles Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco rounded out the top 10 as the quick times came during the morning session, with drivers concentrating on longer runs in the afternoon.</p> <p>MP&rsquo;s S&eacute;rgio Sette C&acirc;mara was 11th, ahead of Ralph Boschung (Campos), Johnny Cecotto Jr. (Rapax), Louis Del&eacute;traz (Racing Engineering) and Jordan King, the former Manor development driver taking 15th place.</p> <p>Racing Engineering&rsquo;s Gustav Malja took 16<sup>th</sup>, in front of Sergio Canamasas &ndash; who has yet to conclude a deal with Trident &ndash; and McLaren-Honda development driver Nobuharu Matsushita.</p> <p>Former Manor Marussia F1 racer Roberto Merhi took a lowly 19th for Campos, 1.6s off the pace, ahead of only Nabil Jeffri, as he evaluates a full-time drive in the category this season.</p> <p>Formula 2&#39;s final pre-season test will take place in Bahrain from March 29 to 31, ahead of the opening round of the season in April, in support of Formula 1.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14040http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14040Alexander Albon quickest for ART on second day of F2 testingTue, 14 Mar 2017 17:24:15 GMT<p>Alexander Albon ended the second day of pre-season testing for the 2017 Formula 2 season at the top of the timesheets at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.</p> <p>Having set the second-best time on the first day, Albon moved into the top spot at the wheel of his ART-run machine on day two of testing for the rebranded F2 series.</p> <p>His quickest time came during the morning session, with his lap of 1:28.225 proving unbeatable across the course of the afternoon.</p> <p>Albon finished 0.025 seconds ahead of the experienced Rapax racer Johnny Cecotto, entering his ninth year in GP2/F2, with Artem Markelov third for Russian Time.</p> <p>The vast majority of drivers set their best times in the morning, including Nicholas Latifi, Norman Nato and Luca Ghiotto, who were next up on the leaderboard.</p> <p>DANS racer Oliver Rowland was seventh, with Prema&rsquo;s Antonio Fuoco and Charles Leclerc eighth and 10th &ndash; separated by former Manor development driver Jordan King.</p> <p>Louis Del&eacute;traz and day one pacesetter Nobuharu Matsushita were next on the timesheets, ahead of King&rsquo;s MP Motorsport team-mate S&eacute;rgio Sette C&acirc;mara.</p> <p>McLaren youngster Nyck de Vries was one of the few racers to set their quickest time in the afternoon, when most decided to focus on race simulations, as he led the way post-lunch, but wound up only 14th overall.</p> <p>Former Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi, competing for Campos, also set his best time in the afternoon, as did Nabil Jeffri and Gustav Malja, although Malja&rsquo;s morning times were deleted as his car was found to be underweight.</p> <p>Two red flags interrupted the morning session due to a track inspection and Malja stopping on the circuit.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14034http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14034ART's Nobuharu Matsushita quickest on opening day of Formula 2 testMon, 13 Mar 2017 17:12:39 GMT<p>ART Grand Prix&#39;s&nbsp;Nobuharu Matsushita set the fastest time during the opening day of FIA Formula 2 Championship pre-season&nbsp;testing in Barcelona on Monday, setting a best time of 1:29.061 in the afternoon.</p> <p>The test began under gloomy conditions before the sun began to break through before lunch, meaning the majority of quick times came after lunch.&nbsp;</p> <p>Matsushita&#39;s leading time was set just 80 minutes after lunch and despite the best efforts of his rivals, was never beaten, although team-mate&nbsp;Alexander Albon and Arden&#39;s Norman Nato came closest, setting identical lap times.</p> <p>The pair&#39;s 1:29.157 meant they finished second and third fastest, with Albon claiming the higher spot as a result of setting the lap earlier in the afternoon.</p> <p>McLaren-Honda development driver Matsushita, comfortable with his effort, spent the remainder of the session practicing pit stops with his team.</p> <p>Racing Engineering&#39;s&nbsp;Gustav Malja was fourth fastest, just under two-tenths slower than the quickest lap as he completed 41 laps during the six-hour session.</p> <p>The&nbsp;DAMS of Oliver Rowland split&nbsp;the Rapax pairing of Johnny Cecotto and Nyck de Vries in fifth and seventh respectively, whilst&nbsp;Louis Del&eacute;traz, Luca Ghiotto and&nbsp;Nicholas Latifi completed the top 10.</p> <p>Ferrari Academy Driver Charles Leclerc was 12th overall for Prema, while former F1 racer Roberto Merhi was last for Campos, more than 2.5 seconds off the pace.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14028http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14028Nyck de Vries: F2 takes priority over McLaren F1 dutiesMon, 13 Mar 2017 10:03:15 GMT<p>McLaren junior driver Nyck de Vries says Formula 2 will be his &quot;prime focus&quot; in 2017, as he prepares to split duties between competing in the single-seater category and his role with McLaren-Honda&#39;s Formula 1 operation.</p> <p>De Vries, a long-term member of the operation&#39;s young driver programme, will graduate into Formula 2 this year with Rapax, following on from a season in GP3, in which he placed sixth with two wins.</p> <p>The Dutch driver will also continue his duties with McLaren, conducting extensive simulator work, but says that his Formula 2 commitments will take priority, as he bids to emulate Stoffel Vandoorne, who won the title under the series&#39; GP2 guise in 2015.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m going to have a busy year, but that&#39;s great,&quot; de Vries explained in an interview with McLaren&#39;s website.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s exactly what Stoffel did in 2014 and 2015. He raced very successfully in GP2 in those two years, while also doing a lot of sim work for McLaren.</p> <p>&quot;Obviously, my Formula 2 racing will be my prime focus&nbsp; <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:107%; font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-GB;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">&ndash; </span> the McLaren guys understand that and in fact encourage that prioritisation <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:107%; font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language:EN-GB;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">&ndash; </span> but, even so, I&#39;m going to be very involved in McLaren&#39;s sim programme and I&#39;m glad about that because I really enjoy it. &nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I work really hard at my McLaren sim work, because it&#39;s important to the McLaren car&#39;s development and because I rate McLaren&#39;s sim team very highly. It&#39;s also very good for me from a learning perspective.</p> <p>&quot;Working in the McLaren sim immerses me in the world of Formula 1, at the heart of one of the best teams in the business, and of course it&#39;s the closest you can get to driving a Formula 1 car other than the real thing.&quot;</p> <p>De Vries also shied away from making any firm predictions for his first season in the rebranded Formula 2 category this year, but is nonetheless hopeful of competing towards the front of the grid.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m confident that the Rapax team is ambitious and professional, and that their facilities are first-class, and that we&#39;re here to win,&quot; he commented.</p> <p>&quot;That&#39;s got to be our aim. I&#39;m not making any predictions - and remember I&#39;m a rookie - but we&#39;re focused and ready and I intend to contribute a lot straight away, even though I&#39;ll necessarily also be learning a lot in the early races, for obvious reasons.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14016http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14016Rapax confirms Nyck de Vries and Johnny Cecotto in F2Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:38:21 GMT<p>Rapax has announced McLaren prot&eacute;g&eacute; Nyck de Vries and the experienced Johnny Cecotto for the 2017 Formula 2 season.</p> <p>It is the latest team to confirm its driver line-up for the up-coming season, following the series&rsquo; rebranding to F2.</p> <p>McLaren young driver de Vries graduates from GP3 to F2, having raced with ART Grand Prix last year and finished sixth in the standings with two wins.</p> <p>The 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion tested for Rapax at the end-of-season Abu Dhabi test last year.</p> <p>&ldquo;First and foremost I would like to thank Rapax for their faith in me and everyone involved,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It has been a tough ride, but here we are ready to fight.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am pleased also that I will remain a member of the McLaren Young Driver Programme, which I have been associated with for seven years now.</p> <p>&ldquo;I hope to achieve success in FIA Formula 2 with Rapax, and my ultimate aim of course remains to get to Formula 1 and achieve success there too.&rdquo;</p> <p>De Vries will have an experienced team-mate in Cecotto, who will appear in Formula 1&#39;s premier support series for a ninth consecutive year.</p> <p>Cecotto is a F2/GP2 veteran, having debuted at the end of 2009. He raced complete seasons from 2011 to 2014, before sporadic appearances in the last two years.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing to be racing with Rapax in the 2017 Formula 2 championship,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Our journey started in Malaysia last year and from the first moments there was a great feeling between me and the whole team.</p> <p>&ldquo;We then continued with the second place in Abu Dhabi and three fantastic test days which gave us a great chance to prepare this season.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14013http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/14013Ralph Boschung signs with Campos for 2017 F2 seasonSat, 11 Mar 2017 16:18:40 GMT<p>Ralph Boschung has been confirmed as a Campos Racing driver for the 2017 Formula 2 season.</p> <p>The newly-renamed F2 series will be in action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Monday for the first three-day pre-season test of the year.</p> <p>Boschung will make his F2 debut at the test, making the step up to the feeder series following a stint in GP3.</p> <p>The Swiss racer completed a full GP3 campaign in 2015 with Jenzer and drove for Koiranen GP in six race weekends in 2016.</p> <p>He scored one win in GP3 and one further podium finish, now making his move up to F2 with Campos.</p> <p>Boschung is the first driver to be announced at Campos for the upcoming F2 campaign.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is amazing to step up to the FIA Formula 2 championship driving for Campos Racing, which has a huge experience in motorsport working with top drivers,&rdquo; said the 19-year-old.</p> <p>&ldquo;I want to learn as much as possible. My goal is to achieve points finishes in the first half of the season and then, building off the positive momentum, capture my first podium with more experience in the car.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13925http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13925DAMS confirms GP3 line-up, Arjun Maini stays with JenzerWed, 01 Mar 2017 10:11:30 GMT<p>The DAMS team has confirmed its driver line-up for the 2017 GP3 season, while Arjun Maini has been announced at Jenzer.</p> <p>Haas F1 development driver Santino Ferrucci remains at DAMS for a second season, while <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13908">newly-confirmed Sauber development driver</a> Tatiana Calder&oacute;n switches over from Arden.</p> <p>Rookie racer Bruno Baptista joins them after racing in Formula Renault 2.0 last year, but he has already sampled GP3 machinery at last year&rsquo;s post-season Abu Dhabi test.</p> <p>&ldquo;2016 was our first year in GP3 and we achieved some very strong results, confirming our potential and improving throughout the season,&rdquo; said Jean-Paul Driot.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are delighted to have such a strong line-up this year. Santino showed incredible pace during his first season and we gained vital experience that will see us regularly fight for wins this year.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have known Tatiana for some time and followed her progress throughout 2016. She&rsquo;s very focused and dedicated, so we are confident of achieving some good results together.</p> <p>&ldquo;Bruno will be the rookie in the team, this will be a good chance for him to learn from the team&rsquo;s experience. He performed very well in the test and I&rsquo;m sure he will be competitive from the start.&rdquo;</p> <p>Meanwhile Arjun Maini will remain at the Jenzer team for a second season in GP3 after finishing 10<sup>th</sup> in the standings last year.</p> <p>He is the first driver to be announced by Jenzer for the up-coming GP3 campaign. Maini said: &ldquo;I am very excited to drive for Jenzer Motorsport for the second year in a row; I had a good 2016 season in the GP3, and got my first podium as well.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m hoping to perform more consistently this year, starting with a complete season, and am look forward to getting my first win in GP3. I missed out on critical testing last year, and am looking forward to 2017.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13866http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13866Anthoine Hubert joins ART line-up in GP3 for 2017Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:58:26 GMT<p>French driver Anthoine Hubert has been confirmed as part of ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s line-up for the 2017 GP3 season.</p> <p>He joins Mercedes junior George Russell, <a href="https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13843">recently-announced Renault young driver Jack Aitken</a> and Honda prot&eacute;g&eacute; Nirei Fukuzumi at the team, completing its line-up in GP3.</p> <p>Hubert tested for ART at the end of the 2016 GP3 season in Abu Dhabi following a year racing in European Formula 3.</p> <p>Having won the French Formula 4 title in 2013, he went on to spend two seasons in Formula Renault 2.0 &ndash; picking up several wins in 2015.</p> <p>Hubert then made the switch to European F3 last year, scoring one victory and two further podiums to finish eighth in the standings.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am really happy to join GP3 series with ART Grand Prix,&rdquo; he said about the move into a new series.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an excellent career opportunity because it is the most titled team of the championship.</p> <p>&ldquo;My ambition is to work on my integration into the team this winter in order to get the best out of the package and to be ready to take up the GP3 challenge in the first races of the year as well as fighting with the front-runners.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13843http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13843Jack Aitken switches to ART for 2017 GP3 seasonTue, 21 Feb 2017 15:58:57 GMT<p>ART Grand Prix has announced that Jack Aitken will drive for the team in the 2017 GP3 season, moving over from Arden.</p> <p>Aitken made the step up to GP3 last year, finishing fifth in the overall standings with one win and seven podium finishes.</p> <p>He also joined the Renault Sport Academy in 2016 and remains on the junior programme for the upcoming season.</p> <p>A previous Formula Renault 2.0 Alps and Eurocup champion, Aitken drove for ART at the end-of-season GP3 test last year in Abu Dhabi.</p> <p>&ldquo;Not much needs to be said about ART Grand Prix and their time in GP3, the results are there for everyone to see,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Moving up from FR2.0 was a good step last year, but now we have to look at winning and nothing less.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;m also looking forward to learning as much as possible in a team that has produced many F1 drivers over the years, and continuing my effort to reach the highest level in motorsport.</p> <p>&ldquo;The season can&#39;t start soon enough.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sun Yue Yang also remains on the Renault Sport Academy for 2017, joined by newcomers Max Fewtrell and Jarno Opmeer &ndash; all three will race in Eurocup FR 2.0 this year.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13743http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13743Leonardo Pulcini and Steijn Schothorst join Niko Kari at ArdenTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:17:45 GMT<p>Arden has completed its driver line-up for this year&rsquo;s GP3 championship, with Leonardo Pulcini and Steijn Schothorst joining the already-confirmed Niko Kari at the team.</p> <p>Pulcini claimed last year&rsquo;s EuroFormula Open crown while Schothorst finished 13<sup>th</sup> during his first GP3 campaign, in which he competed with Campos.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;m very delighted to race with Arden in GP3 this year, last year&#39;s Abu Dhabi test was very good with them, so I&nbsp;know that I&nbsp;have all the potential to fight for the win,&rdquo; said Pulcini.</p> <p>&ldquo;I will give everything for this opportunity. The season is about to start, I can&#39;t wait for it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Schothorst added: &ldquo;Arden has shown that it is one the strongest teams out there.</p> <p>&ldquo;I believe that together with the experience that I have gained last year, we have a lot of potential for a very strong season, so I can&#39;t wait to get the season started.&rdquo;</p> <p>Arden finished second in last year&rsquo;s teams&rsquo; championship, with Jack Aitken and Jake Dennis both claiming victories, and also ran Tatiana Calder&oacute;n, opting to run three drivers, rather than the maximum four.</p> <p>Red Bull confirmed last month that junior driver Kari would switch from European Formula 3 to GP3 with Arden.</p> <p>Kari finished 10th in last year&#39;s Formula 3 championship and made a one-off appearance in GP3 with Koiranen in Belgium.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13535http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13535Campos Racing adds Julien Falchero to 2017 driver line-upFri, 13 Jan 2017 10:58:24 GMT<p><strong>Formula Renault 2.0&nbsp;driver Julien Falchero will race for Campos Racing in GP3 in 2017.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman competed in Formula Renault 2.0 last year for R-ace GP, finishing 13th in the final standings.</p> <p>More recently, he was part of Campos&#39; post-season testing programme at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.</p> <p>In a press release, he said&nbsp;&ldquo;This new challenge&nbsp;in GP3 Series with Campos Racing is an extraordinary opportunity.</p> <p>&quot;The tests in Abu Dhabi and the integration within the team in Valencia in Spain are a real treat for me.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m going to prepare for&nbsp;the&nbsp;season,&nbsp;and I have a great former F1 driver - Jean-Pierre Jarier - as a coach.&quot;</p> <p>Team boss Adri&aacute;n Campos spoke highly of his new signing, saying &ldquo;I&#39;m very happy to welcome Julien to our team. We really worked well together in Abu Dhabi and we were impressed by his maturity.&nbsp;I&#39;m sure we can have a good season.&rdquo;</p> <p>Falchero&#39;s team mates are yet to be decided.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13527http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13527Kevin Joerg to race for Trident in 2017 GP3 seasonWed, 11 Jan 2017 13:07:54 GMT<p><strong>The GP3 grid has started to take shape with the announcement of Kevin Joerg at Trident for the 2017 season.</strong></p> <p>The 21-year-old Swiss driver will remain in the GP3 series, switching from DAMS to Trident after showing flashes of speed in 2016.</p> <p>During his time with DAMS, he scored two top five finishes and five further top 10 results. He returns to Trident, a team he tested with at the end of 2015 in GP3.</p> <p>Following his stint karting, Joerg graduated to single-seaters in the Formula Abarth and Formula BMW championships, before stepping up to Formula Renault 2.0.</p> <p>He finished third in the Eurocup series in 2015, alongside finishing runner-up in the NEC championship, and then moved up to GP3. Joerg will be looking to build on the progress made during last year&rsquo;s maiden GP3 season.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;m extremely satisfied to announce that I will enter the upcoming GP3 series season with the Trident team,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Working together with the Milan-based squad, the goal is to stay among the frontrunners and collect several podium finishes.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&#39;m absolutely confident that Trident will provide me with all what it takes to reach all the goals I have set for myself. I can&#39;t wait to get back on-track with my new team.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13401http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13401George Russell fastest overall on final day of GP3 testFri, 02 Dec 2016 17:50:19 GMT<p><strong>George Russell posted the fastest time for ART Grand Prix during the final day of the three-day post-season GP3 test in Abu Dhabi.</strong></p> <p>The Briton, who won two races on his way to third in the European F3 series this year with HitechGP, clocked a lap time of 1:55.364.</p> <p>The time, contrary to the best efforts posted thus far in the test was set in the earlier morning session, and as the test concluded on Friday, it went down as the quickest overall time of the three-day event.</p> <p>Russell was over half a second quicker than Haas F1 Team protege Santino Ferrucci, whose 1:55.907 effort for Trident was the only other lap to break the 1:56 barrier on day three.</p> <p>Behind him came day two&#39;s fastest man Alessio Lorandi for Jenzer Motorsport, followed by Arden pair Max Defourny and Leonardo Pulchini.</p> <p>Positions 6-9 were filled by GP3 regulars Jack Aitken, Arjun Maini, Steijn Schothorst and Kevin Joerg, with Italian F4 champion Marcos Siebert rounding out the top ten.</p> <p>The afternoon session got underway after the lunch break, and Russell was once again on top, some four tenths down on his earlier time.</p> <p>The pace stayed amongst many of the same drivers, with Lorandi, Pulchini, Maini and&nbsp;Ferrucci making up the top five, followed by Giuliano Alesi, Aitken, Robert Schwartzmann, Alex Palou and Bruno Baptista, who completed the top ten.</p> <p>GP3 Series will get back underway in 2017, and though no calendar has been formally announced, it is likely to begin with races in support of the Spanish Grand Prix on 13-14 May.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13389http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13389Alessio Lorandi tops day two of testing for Jenzer MotorsportThu, 01 Dec 2016 14:27:54 GMT<p><strong>Jenzer Motorsport&#39;s Alessio Lorandi topped the time sheets on day two of the post-season GP3 test in Abu Dhabi.</strong></p> <p>With a time of 1:55.734, the Italian bested the time set by Arden&#39;s Niko Kari in the morning session by just over two tenths to top day two of the test.</p> <p>The afternoon provided quicker times than the cooler morning session, with most improving their times by around half a second; Lorandi bettering his early effort by six tenths.</p> <p>Kari set the pace in the earlier morning session, and the Finn was the only man to drop under the 1:56 mark.</p> <p>He repeated the feat in the afternoon session, but was fourth, behind Lorandi, Haas F1 development driver Santino Ferrucci, and Steijn Schothorst, all of whom also dipped into the 1 minute 55s.</p> <p>Antoine Hubert finished fifth-fastest for ART,&nbsp;followed by Korainen tester Raoul Hyman, Jack Aitken (who finished second in the morning session), British F3 champion Matheus Leist, Arjun Maini, and Kevin Joerg, who completed the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13381http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13381Fukuzumi leads ART 1-2-3 on opening day of Abu Dhabi GP3 testWed, 30 Nov 2016 15:32:34 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s three drivers running on the opening day of the GP3 Abu Dhabi post-season test finished at the top of the timesheets.</strong></p> <p>Honda prot&eacute;g&eacute; Nirei Fukuzumi led the way after a late 1m55.479s, finishing ahead of 2016 Arden driver and fellow ART GP runner Jack Aitken.</p> <p>Formula 3 racer George Russell also drove for the French outfit on day one of the GP3 test, finishing in third place to make it an ART GP clean-sweep.</p> <p>Trident&#39;s Arjun Maini was fourth quickest, with DAMS racer Santino Ferrucci fifth and Maini&rsquo;s testing team-mate Alessio Lorandi in sixth.</p> <p>Raoul Hyman in the second DAMS machine was seventh, with Jean Alesi&rsquo;s son Giuliano in eighth for Trident.</p> <p>DAMS&rsquo; Steijn Schothorst and Trident&rsquo;s Ryan Tveter, who raced in Formula 3 this year, rounded out the top 10.</p> <p>The vast majority of the quickest times on day one of the test were set in the afternoon session, as GP3 alternated running with GP2 at the Yas Marina Circuit.</p> <p>Two red flags interrupted the GP3 running, first for Maini stopping on track and then later on for debris.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13353http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13353Jake Hughes heads British 1-2 in final race of 2016Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:40:10 GMT<p><strong>DAMS driver Jake Hughes took victory in Sunday&#39;s GP3 sprint race, just ahead of compatriot Jack Aitken, bringing down the curtain on the seventh season of the junior category.</strong></p> <p>Hughes took the lead at the first corner, as reverse-grid pole-sitter Konstantin Tereschenko squabbled with Nirei Fukuzuki, and was able to control the pace thereafter.<strong> </strong></p> <p>With the title won by Charles Leclerc on Saturday, Sunday&#39;s race was a chance for the field to have one last bit of fun before the winter break.</p> <p>For 2016 runner-up Alexander Albon, however, that was not the case, as the ART driver crashed with Arden&#39;s Tatiana Calderon on the opening lap, prompting a safety car.</p> <p>After the restart on lap 3, Hughes set about building a gap, leading Aitken by just under two seconds at the chequered flag. It was the Briton&#39;s second win of the season, wth Aitken taking his sixth podium in eight races, a very strong end to the season.</p> <p>Nirei Fukuzumi completed the podium for ART, followed by fastest lap-setter Jake Dennis, then Alex Palou, Tereschenko and Steijn Schothorst, with Kevin Joerg completing the points in eighth.</p> <p>Series champion Charles Leclerc finished just outside the points in ninth after starting P17, meaning none of the three championship contenders scored a single point during races over the final weekend of the season; Leclerc&#39;s points for pole position the only change in the final tally. Giuliano Alesi rounded out the top ten.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13341http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13341De Vries wins in Abu Dhabi; Leclerc claims title as both contenders retireSat, 26 Nov 2016 09:36:55 GMT<p><strong>ART&#39;s Nyck de Vries won his second race of the season in Saturday&#39;s feature race in Abu Dhabi, but his victory was a mere subtitle as the championship was decided.</strong></p> <p>Both GP3 title contenders Charles Leclerc and Alexander Albon retired from the event in separate incidents, confirming Leclerc as drivers&#39; champion for 2016.</p> <p>With Albon on pole, the points differential was cut to 25, but with neither driver scoring and a maximum of 17 points available for the sprint race, the title was decided, making the Monaco-born ART man the seventh GP3 champion.</p> <p>Albon was controlling the race happily until a safety car appeared on Lap 8 to recover the car of&nbsp;Tatiana Calderon&nbsp;from Turn 1. Then, at the restart, the pole-sitter came under pressure from Jack Aitken.</p> <p>The Arden driver passed him for the lead&nbsp;whilst off-track, but any protests over track limits were swiftly forgotten when Albon hit&nbsp;the rear of Aitken&#39;s car, launching the ART into the air and breaking its suspension when it came back to earth, eliminating him from the race, and indeed the championship fight.</p> <p>Leclerc had been stuck behind Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci for the majority of the race, and with the demise of Albon and Aitken, their fight become one for third place.</p> <p>Eager to get on the podium and with the title in style, he went for a move around the outside of Ferrucci at Turn 10, but he found himself pushed wide by the American. Contact was made, his tyre was punctured, and Leclerc, too, was eliminated from the proceedings.</p> <p>The drama ensured Leclerc would have an insurmountable lead going into the final race of the season on Sunday, crowning him as drivers&#39; champion.</p> <p>The drama at the front left Nyck de Vries in the lead, and he coolly led home the remaining Arden pair of Jake Dennis and the recovering Aitken, who set the fastest lap of the race on Lap 2.</p> <p>Behind the podium finishers came Kevin Joerg, Nirei Fukuzumi, Steijn Schothorst, Jake Hughes, Konstantin Tereschenko, Ferrucci - who received a 10-second penalty for his clash with Leclerc - and Alex Palou, who rounded out the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13331http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13331Alexander Albon takes pole for Abu Dhabi feature raceFri, 25 Nov 2016 12:04:19 GMT<p><strong>ART&#39;s Alexander Albon has taken pole position in the final GP3 qualifying session of the season in Abu Dhabi.</strong></p> <p>With a time of 1:55.274, Albon gives himself a fighting chance against Charles Leclerc for the title going into the last two races of the season, with the Monegasque driver down in fifth place.</p> <p>The Thai driver faced an uphill struggle in the final round of the season, with a 29-point gap to team mate and series points leader Leclerc looking near insurmountable.</p> <p>However, pole position gives Albon four points, narrowing the gap to 25, the going rate for a race win.</p> <p>It looked like Jake Dennis could be in contention to take pole position for Arden after a good run with only a few minutes to go, but Albon pipped him but just over two tenths.</p> <p>After Albon set provisional pole, he came into the pits, and Dennis and Leclerc attempted one final run after the chequered flag, but as expected, the tyres were not durable enough for two consecutive fast laps, and things stayed as they were, and Albon celebrated in Parc Ferme.</p> <p>DAMS&#39; Jake Hughes endured a tough session, with his engine seemingly overheating late in the session after a cooling fan was left in his left sidepod, causing smoke to pour from the exhaust. The Briton ended the session in 20th place, ahead only of Matevos Isaakyan, and Alessio Lorandi, who did not set a time.</p> <p>Behind Albon at the top finished Dennis and Jack Aitken for Arden, followed by ART pair Nyck de Vries and Leclerc. Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci will line up sixth, ahead of Arjun Maini, Kevin Joerg, Steijn Schothorst, and the fourth and final ART of Nirei Fukuzumi, who completed the top ten.</p> <p>Trident&#39;s Antonio Fuoco, who needed absolute maximum points in all sessions&nbsp;to take the title this weekend, finished the session 11th and is now eliminated from the title fight as a result of not taking pole position, making it a two-way team mate fight for the championship.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13005http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/13005GP3 series to introduce DRS for 2017 seasonWed, 05 Oct 2016 13:09:40 GMT<p><strong>GP3 will adopt a drag reduction system (DRS) for the 2017 season, bringing it in line with both GP2 and Formula 1.</strong></p> <p>The system, which reduces drag by opening a small flap on the rear-wing, was introduced to F1 in 2011 and GP2 in 2015, with the aim of increasing the amount of overtaking.</p> <p>GP2 and GP3 series CEO, Bruno Michel, says it&#39;s only natural that the junior series follows in the footsteps of GP2 and F1 to prepare its drivers for future graduation, whilst also&nbsp;improving the quality of the racing.</p> <p>&quot;We introduced a new car in GP3 this year and it has given us 100 per cent&nbsp;satisfaction in terms of reliability so we decided to add another layer to the drivers&rsquo; apprenticeship with the addition of DRS in order to prepare them for GP2,&quot; he told <em>Insider magazine.</em></p> <p>&quot;Of course, it will also spice up the GP3 races which have been a little bit too quiet at the beginning of the season, but they have started to become extremely enjoyable in recent rounds.</p> <p>&quot;DRS will also attract drivers to the series because they are always looking for anything that will help them prepare for the future.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12979http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12979Jake Dennis takes second race win while Charles Leclerc increases championship leadSun, 02 Oct 2016 03:59:13 GMT<p><strong>Jake Dennis took his second GP3 victory for Arden in&nbsp;Sunday&#39;s Malaysia sprint race, while series points leader Charles Leclerc put himself on the precipice of the title behind in fifth place.</strong></p> <p>Starting in third, Dennis held a tight line at the first corner as poleman Antonio Fuoco and second-placed starter Nirei Fukuzumi&nbsp;locked up, allowing Dennis to take the lead.</p> <p>Fuoco did nothing to help his cause by bouncing over kerbs at the first corner, and quickly dropped back, coming within the&nbsp;reach of title rival Charles Leclerc by lap 5.</p> <p>Leclerc, who had started sixth, tried a daring move around the outside of the Trident driver through sweeping&nbsp;Turns 5 and 6, and though unsuccessful, he got the move done at the more conventional overtaking spot of Turn 1 at the start of Lap 6.</p> <p>After a promising start, Fuoco struggled with pace throughout the race, locking up several times. Though non-mandatory in GP3, the Italian came in for a pit stop on Lap 9, but&nbsp;eventually retired.</p> <p>Alexander Albon&#39;s feature race win on Saturday meant he started down in eighth place, and he found himself on the periphery of the points all race, scrapping with Steijn Schothorst and&nbsp;GP3 new boy Alessio Lorandi over the course of the 14 laps.</p> <p>The positions swapped several times, but with just two laps to go, Albon had the final say in the matter, passing Schothorst for eigith position at the newly re-profiled final corner, despite a little bit of contact.</p> <p>At the front, Dennis took victory over Fukuzimi (who notched his best-ever GP3 finishing position)&nbsp;by three-and-a-half seconds, with the winner&#39;s Arden team mate Jack Aitken in third making it a double podium for the British outfit.</p> <p>Matthew Parry had a quiet race to fourth place, chased all the way to the line by Leclerc, who was in turn closely followed by ART team mate Nyck de Vries, with whom he made contact in Saturday&#39;s feature race.</p> <p>Arjun Maini finished seventh, with Albon closing out the points in eighth ensuring that all four ART cars scored. Debutant Lorandi again finished just one place outside the points in ninth, with Schothorst completing the top 10.</p> <p>Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci nearly missed the start with an electrical fault in his DAMS car, and though the team did brilliantly to get him out to the pit lane for the start of the race, he retired after five laps.</p> <p>Leclerc&#39;s fifth place means he stretches his lead over Albon to 29 points, with Fuoco now a very very distant hope in third, some 45 points down on the Monegasque.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12973http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12973Janosz handed grid penalty for GP3 race two in MalaysiaSat, 01 Oct 2016 12:14:30 GMT<p><strong>Trident driver Artur Janosz has been handed a grid penalty for the second GP3 race of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.</strong></p> <p>Janosz collided with Jake Hughes&rsquo; DAMS car on the opening lap of race one on Saturday morning, taking both drivers out of the race.</p> <p>The stewards looked into the incident and have now given Janosz a three-place grid penalty for Sunday&rsquo;s second GP3 race.</p> <p>However, because he did not finish the race and will start from the back of the grid anyway, he will start the race from the Sepang International Circuit pitlane.</p> <p>Race one in Malaysia was won by ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Alexander Albon, beating Jack Aitken and Charles Leclerc.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12968http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12968Albon wins in Malaysia as team-mates Leclerc and de Vries make contactSat, 01 Oct 2016 04:40:41 GMT<p><strong>ART GP&#39;s Alexander Albon pounced at the start on team mate Charles Leclerc to take victory in GP3&#39;s very first race in&nbsp;Malaysia.</strong></p> <p>Taking his fourth win of the season, Albon has thrown himself right back into contention for the GP3 title race, comfortably leading every lap of the race after taking the lead at the start.</p> <p>The Thai driver got ahead of Leclerc as the lights went out, passing him on the run down to the first corner.</p> <p>However, it was a battle between Leclerc and another ART driver - Nyck de Vries - that really impacted the result of the race. The Dutchman looked to go down the inside of the series points leader&#39;s car at Turn 4, but with little room, contact was made.</p> <p>De Vries spun and dropped down the field to 18th, while Leclerc was able to continue, albeit in fourth place. He recovered third shortly after, passing Arjun Maini around the outside of Turn 6, and for the rest of the race,&nbsp;set about reeling in second-placed Jack Aitken.</p> <p>The gap at the end of the race was just under a second, but ultimately Haas development driver Leclerc ran out of laps. They stayed as they were, with Albon over six seconds in the lead ahead of Aitken and Leclerc.</p> <p>Behind the front three were Arjun Maini, Steijn Schothorst, Jake Dennis, Nirei Fukuzumi, Antonio Fuoco, Matthew Parry, and Sandy Stuvik, who completed the top 10.</p> <p>De Vries recovered to ninth on the road, but was handed a five-second time penalty for the collision with Leclerc, and was classified in 13th.</p> <p>Jenzer Motorsport debutant Alessio Lorandi finished a frustrating but encouraging 11th in his first race in the series, while home driver Akash Nandy&nbsp;did not finish the race, along with Santino Ferrucci, Tatiana Calderon, Artur Janosz, and Jake Hughes.</p> <p>The result means that Leclerc still leads the title fight, and is in fact still 24 points ahead, but the nearest&nbsp;challenger is now Albon, with former second place man Fuoco qualifying poorly and only picking up four points in the race.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12965http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12965Alex Palou excluded from Malaysia qualifying for illegal underfloorFri, 30 Sep 2016 17:32:15 GMT<p><strong>Campos Racing&#39;s Alex Palou has been disqualified from Friday&#39;s&nbsp;GP3 qualifying session after a technical infringement on his car was discovered by the stewards.</strong></p> <p>The car was found to be &quot;in breach&nbsp;of articles 4.3.12 and 4.1 of the GP3 Series regulations&quot;, specifying that&nbsp;the underfloor has to be a certain height, and was subsequently stripped of his third-row start.</p> <p>The Spaniard had posted an impressive fifth-fastest time during the half-hour session, but will now start from the back of the grid, behind Artur Janosz.</p> <p>Everyone behind Palou moves up a place, meaning current series runner-up on points Antonio Fuoco moves inside the top 10.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12963http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12963Charles Leclerc heads ART team mates Alexander Albon and Nyck de Vries in Malaysia qualifyingFri, 30 Sep 2016 11:55:55 GMT<p><strong>ART GP driver and Haas F1 protege Charles Leclerc took pole in Friday&#39;s qualifying session ahead of the Malaysia feature race, taking pole ahead of ART team mates Alexander Albon and&nbsp;Nyck de Vries.</strong></p> <p>It was a fantastic afternoon for the French outfit, with Nirei Fukuzmi completing their programme in eighth&nbsp;place.</p> <p>Albon and de Vries took turns trading fastest lap times initially. Alex Palou held on to provisional pole briefly, but Leclerc stormed through to break the 1 minute 50 barrier.</p> <p>Leclerc&#39;s third consecutive pole position solidifes his claim on the GP3 title this year, and the Monegasque driver was the only to improve on a lap time of 1:50, posting a pole time of 1:49.861.</p> <p>Behind the front three was Arden man Jack Aitken, then&nbsp;Palou, Arjun Maini,&nbsp;Fukuzumi, Sandy&nbsp;Stuvik, Jake Dennis, and the Campos car of Steijn Schothorst completed the top 10.</p> <p>GP3&#39;s first ever qualifying session in&nbsp;Malaysia proved a routine one, with no incidents of note taking place during the session.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12927http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12927Lorandi switches from F3 to GP3 with JenzerSat, 24 Sep 2016 12:28:44 GMT<p><strong>Formula 3 driver Alessio Lorandi has joined the Jenzer Motorsport team for the final two GP3 races of the 2016 season.</strong></p> <p>The Italian driver has been racing for Carlin in the FIA Formula E European Championship but has opted to switch to GP3 for the remainder of the year.</p> <p>The 18-year-old won the Pau Grand Prix earlier this year but called a halt on his F3 season after the Spa-Francorchamps round.</p> <p>He has now switched to Jenzer in GP3 for the final two races in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi, with practice at the Sepang circuit being his first taste of the car.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are pleased to have a race winner from the FIA F3 Euroseries in our team,&rdquo; said Andreas Jenzer.</p> <p>&ldquo;Alessio has done the maximum preparation possible in the simulator and with our engineers and we are looking forward to see him in our car.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12802http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12802Fukuzumi given Sepang grid drop for Monza race two collisionSun, 04 Sep 2016 12:43:15 GMT<p><strong>Nirei Fukuzumi has been handed a grid penalty for the next GP3 round in Sepang after a collision with his ART Grand Prix team-mate Charles Leclerc at Monza.</strong></p> <p>The Japanese driver squeezed championship leader Leclerc on the run to the first Lesmo corner in the early stages of the second race.</p> <p>The two ART cars collided, with both drivers retiring from the race in the gravel at the Lesmo turn. Tatiana Calderon&rsquo;s Arden was also caught up in the contact.</p> <p>The stewards deemed Fukuzumi was at fault, having not left enough room for Leclerc on the inside line.</p> <p>He has been given a three-place grid penalty, which will be applied for the first race at Sepang.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12798http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12798De Vries takes race two Monza win, Leclerc fails to finishSun, 04 Sep 2016 09:24:24 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Nyck de Vries stormed to his maiden victory in the GP3 series in race two at Monza, but his team-mate and championship leader Charles Leclerc failed to finish.</strong></p> <p>Antonio Fuoco lined up on pole position and led the way in the early stages, with Alexander Albon getting ahead of fellow ART GP driver de Vries at the start.</p> <p>Albon passed Fuoco before the safety car was deployed, after Leclerc was hit off by team-mate Nirei Fukuzumi on the run to the first Lesmo.</p> <p>Fukuzumi moved across on Leclerc after the second chicane, with both then going off into the gravel at the new corner. Tatiana Calderon also got caught up in the incident.</p> <p>On the restart de Vries followed Albon passed Fuoco and then moved ahead of his team-mate soon after, before establishing a small lead.</p> <p>He went on to win his first GP3 race and make up for a mixed second race for ART GP, with Albon holding off Fuoco to finish second and the Trident driver rounding out the podium.</p> <p>Race one winner Jake Dennis just held off his Arden team-mate Jack Aitken to finish fourth and fifth, ahead of Arjun Maini and Alex Palou.</p> <p>Artur Janosz rounded out the top eight, with Ralph Boschung and Jake Hughes next up &ndash; the race one podium finisher had a slow start and had to recover ground after getting caught up in a first lap incident.</p> <p>Leclerc&rsquo;s lead in the standings has now been cut to 24 points over Fuoco, after his incident with Fukuzumi. However, ART GP did secure the teams&rsquo; title on Saturday. &nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12788http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12788Jake Dennis secures first GP3 win in Monza race oneSat, 03 Sep 2016 17:08:30 GMT<p><strong>Jake Dennis beat Arden team-mate Jack Aitken to secure his first victory in the GP3 series in race one at the Monza circuit.</strong></p> <p>The British driver lined up in second place but, after an early safety car period for the stopped Kevin Joerg, was all over the back of pole-sitter Charles Leclerc.</p> <p>He made a move on lap five into the first chicane and made it stick, scampering off into the distance as Leclerc dropped behind Aitken on the next tour.</p> <p>From there the two Arden cars moved ahead of the chasing ART Grand Prix driver and Dennis crossed the line 1.9 seconds ahead of Aitken.</p> <p>Jake Hughes made it an all-British podium by charging from eighth on the grid to third, having lost grid positions due to a penalty for causing a collision in Spa.</p> <p>The DAMS racer had a slow start to the race but quickly started to make progress through the order, eventually rising to third.</p> <p>Leclerc led home an ART 4-5-6-7, with team-mates Nirei Fukuzumi, Alexander Albon and Nyck de Vries next up. It meant the team was able to secure the teams&rsquo; title.</p> <p>Antonio Fuoco was eighth, ahead of Koiranen&rsquo;s Matt Parry and the third Arden car of Tatiana Calderon.</p> <p>Alex Palou, Sandy Stuvik, Steijn Schothorst, Arjun Maini and Akash Nandy were next up. Ralph Boschung fell to 18<sup>th</sup> due to a 10-second time penalty for colliding with Matevos Isaakyan.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12782http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12782Artur Janosz picks up grid penalty for GP3 qualifying collisionSat, 03 Sep 2016 12:32:38 GMT<p><strong>Artur Janosz has been handed a grid penalty by the GP3 stewards after a collision during qualifying at the Monza circuit.</strong></p> <p>The Trident driver was deemed to have caused the contact with Jenzer&rsquo;s Arjun Maini during the closing stages of the GP3 session.</p> <p>Janosz weaved across the circuit several times on the run to the Parabolica, causing Maini to run into the back of his car and lose his front wing.</p> <p>Maini&rsquo;s car was briefly pitched into the air with the contact and the stewards deemed Janosz had not looked in his mirrors when warming up his tyres.</p> <p>Janosz qualified down in 21st&nbsp;place and the three-place grid penalty will mean he will start the first GP3 race at Monza from the pitlane. &nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12776http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12776Charles Leclerc beats Arden duo to Monza GP3 pole positionSat, 03 Sep 2016 09:41:25 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Charles Leclerc extended his lead in the GP3 championship after storming to pole position for the first race at Monza.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman was placed near the front of the field after the opening runs in qualifying but a late flier saw Leclerc put in a 1m38.546 to go quickest.</p> <p>His time proved to be unbeatable, with the Arden duo of Jake Dennis and Jack Aitken just two tenths further back in second and third.</p> <p>Alexander Albon was fourth, with Jake Hughes fifth &ndash; although he has a three-place grid penalty for contact at Spa-Francorchamps.</p> <p>Kevin Joerg, Nirei Fukuzumi and championship contender Antonio Fuoco were sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.</p> <p>Nyck de Vries was at the front of the pack early in qualifying but fell to ninth, with Ralph Boschung rounding out the top 10.</p> <p>It was an eventful session, featuring a red flag for Giuliano Alesi&rsquo;s Trident stopping on the track on the run to the first chicane with just a handful of minutes to go.</p> <p>There was also contact between Artur Janosz and Arjun Maini on the run to Parabolica after the Trident car&rsquo;s weaving, which briefly launched Maini&rsquo;s Jenzer into the air.</p> <p>They qualified 19th&nbsp;and 21st. Elsewhere, Alex Palou, Sandy Stuvik and Matevos Isaakyan were 11th, 12th&nbsp;and 13.</p> <p>Arden&rsquo;s Tatiana Calderon could only manage 15th&nbsp;and Matt Parry was down in 17, behind Alesi.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12722http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12722Hughes and Maini handed penalties after GP3 race twoSun, 28 Aug 2016 15:30:07 GMT<p><strong>Jake Hughes and Arjun Maini have been handed penalties after incidents during the second GP3 race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.</strong></p> <p>Hughes has picked up a three-place grid drop for the next round (Monza, race one) after hitting Matt Parry&rsquo;s Koiranen GP car at Turn 6.</p> <p>The incident took place on the opening lap and saw both DAMS driver Hughes and Parry retire from the race as a result.</p> <p>Jenzer racer Maini was involved in a collision during the closing stages of the race, after locking up at Turn 8.</p> <p>He collided with Alexander Albon&rsquo;s ART car, later clipping Albon again and pitching his car into the air at the final chicane.</p> <p>The Indian driver was given a 10-second time penalty, which was added to his race time. He had finished 12th&nbsp;but falls to 16th.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12715http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12715Jack Aitken takes maiden GP3 victory in eventful race twoSun, 28 Aug 2016 09:44:51 GMT<p><strong>Renault junior driver Jack Aitken controlled the second GP3 race of the Spa-Francorchamps to claim his maiden victory in the F1 feeder series.</strong></p> <p>The Arden racer had to deal with several safety car periods for on-track incidents, after an eventful race two in Belgium.</p> <p>He started from fourth on the grid but moved up to third at the first corner, before passing Santino Ferrucci&rsquo;s DAMS on the Kemmel Straight.</p> <p>Aitken followed pole-man Matevos Isaakyan but soon moved ahead and into the lead on the next lap on the run to Les Combes.</p> <p>Incidents for Konstantin Tereschenko, contact between Matt Parry and Jake Hughes and a collision for Nirei Fukuzumi and Kevin Joerg brought out safety cars but Aitken kept his cool and retained the lead.</p> <p>He went on to finish well clear of Antonio Fuoco and Ferrucci, who completed the podium. Isaakyan was fourth, ahead of Jake Dennis and championship leader Charles Leclerc.</p> <p>Steijn Schothorst and Nyck de Vries completed the points, with Artur Janosz and Alex Albon just missing out in ninth and 10th.</p> <p>Albon survived a considerable hit with Arjun Maini at the final chicane to finish 10th, the contact sending his car into the air.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12712http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12712Charles Leclerc eases to third GP3 victory to extend championship leadSat, 27 Aug 2016 20:38:19 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Charles Leclerc claimed his third GP3 victory in Race 1 at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday, taking a lights to flag victory in effortless style.</strong></p> <p>The Ferrari Academy driver went unchallenged as he finished 2.3 seconds ahead of&nbsp;Arden International&rsquo;s Jake Dennis, the Briton&nbsp;storming&nbsp;through the field to take second in the final laps after starting from P13.</p> <p>McLaren protege&nbsp;Nyck de Vries was third, 15&nbsp;seconds adrift of the lead for ART.</p> <p>Trident&#39;s Antonio Fuocco was fourth ahead of Jack Aitken,&nbsp;Steijn Schothorst, Santino Ferrucci and Matevos Isaakyan.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.6;">The race saw one&nbsp;Safety Car following an incident involving Jake Hughes,&nbsp;Matthew Parry and Arjun Maini: the trio all retired with damage as did Nirei Fukuzumi who was caught up in the accident.</span></p> <p>The race remained under SC conditions for four laps before resuming, with several drivers making up positions, including Alex Albon. The ART driver going from P17 to P12. He eventually finished ninth.</p> <p>Trident&rsquo;s Giuliano Alesi, who had started P19, was up to an impressive P8 by lap two and was in the mix of a mammoth battle of drivers eager to grab reverse pole and take the final points on offer. He went on to secure his first points finish in tenth.</p> <p>Leclerc went on to post&nbsp;the fastest lap and has scored the maximum points available so far this weekend. Therefore&nbsp;extending&nbsp;his championship&nbsp;lead to 30 points. His nearest rival is now Fuoco with Albon, two points adrift of the Italian.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12704http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12704Charles Leclerc takes second GP3 pole as title rival Alex Albon slips backSat, 27 Aug 2016 09:50:34 GMT<p><strong>Charles Leclerc will start from pole for Saturday&#39;s GP3 race after securing the top spot by three-tenths from DAMS driver Jake Hughes.</strong></p> <p>Leclerc starts 16 places ahead of nearest championship rival and ART team-mate Alex Albon, as the Thai racer could only manage P17 after he made an error at&nbsp;Fagnes, as he clipped the gravel trap on the exit and came very close to finishing his session in the barriers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nyck de Vries, who had provisional pole secured following the opening runs, dropped down to third as he fell a&nbsp;tenth&nbsp;short of making the front row, despite posting a second improvement between his first and final flyer.</p> <p>Meanwhile title contender Antonio Fuoco, who currently sits third in the standings just 11 points shy of the lead, starts fourth as the Trident driver&nbsp;managed to post a best time of 2m05.448. He starts ahead of DAMS&#39;&nbsp;Kevin Jorg in fifth.</p> <p>Matt Parry (Koiranen), Arjun Maini (Jenzer)&nbsp;and Sandy Stuvik (Trident),&nbsp;Santino Ferrucci (DAMS) and Alex Palou (Campos) completed the top ten.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12597http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12597Ralph Boschung picks up grid drop for Spa after Hockenheim collisionSun, 31 Jul 2016 18:27:41 GMT<p><strong>Koiranen GP&rsquo;s Ralph Boschung has been given a grid penalty for the first race at Spa-Francorchamps after a collision in the second Hockenheimring race.</strong></p> <p>Boschung made contact with Trident&rsquo;s Artur Janosz at the sixth corner on the opening lap of race two in Germany.</p> <p>Both drivers were taken out of the race due to damage sustained in the incident, with the stewards deeming Boschung was at fault.</p> <p>He was handed a three-place grid penalty after the race in Hockenheim, which will be applied at the first race at Spa in Belgium.</p> <p>Sunday&rsquo;s GP3 race in Germany was won by DAMS racer Jake Hughes, finishing ahead of Arden&rsquo;s Jack Aitken and ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Charles Leclerc.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12588http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12588Jake Hughes holds his nerve to take maiden victorySun, 31 Jul 2016 09:13:56 GMT<p><strong>Jake Hughes took his first GP3 series race win on Sunday at the Hockenheimring after a well-timed overtake gave him the advantage during a Virtual Safety Car period.</strong></p> <p>The DAMS driver passed Arjun Maini just as the Virtual Safety Car was deployed for a collision between Ralph Boschung and Arthur Janosz, with the latter driver crashing out at the stadium section. With Hughes and Maini side-by-side as the VSC began, the Brit made the move for the lead.</p> <p>He was under investigation for allegedly overtaking under the VSC, but was cleared of any wrongdoing when it was shown that there was no indication of caution in the part of the track where the move was made.</p> <p>Maini looked like he might have had the pace to challenge for the lead, but a disastrous restart dropped the Indian down to sixth after his third front-row start in as many GP3 sprint races.</p> <p>After that, Hughes was able to control the gap to second place. The second step on the rostrum, much like in Saturday&#39;s feature race, was decided late on in the race, and again it was Charles Leclerc who looked set to take it. However, a penultimate lap move by Jack Aitken relegated the ART driver to third, and made it a British 1-2.</p> <p>Hughes, Aitken and Leclerc were chased by Haas test driver Santino Ferrucci, the recovering Maini, Jake Dennis, Matt Parry, and Nyck de Vries, who picked up the final point. Tatiana Calderon finished ninth, just three tenths away from repeating the feat of Saturday&#39;s race where she took her first ever point in the series, and Kevin Joerg rounded out the top 10.</p> <p>Janosz and Boschung were joined on the sidelines by former series leader Alexander Albon. With the Thai driver scoring no points, Charles Leclerc now leads the championship.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12579http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12579Antonio Fuoco takes the initiative to win Germany feature raceSat, 30 Jul 2016 17:27:10 GMT<p>Trident driver Antonio Fuoco won Saturday&#39;s GP3 series feature race after capitalising on a tardy restart for&nbsp;series leader Alexander Albon, as the race&#39;s one and only Virtual Safety Car ended.</p> <p>Fuoco&#39;s second win of the season - and sixth podium - was largely decided when a collision between&nbsp;Steijn Schothorst and Ralph Boschung caused the latter to slow on track. Boschung&#39;s Koiranen GP&nbsp;team mate Matevos Isaakysan appeared not to see him, and hit the back of his car, effectively eliminating both drivers from the race.</p> <p>On the restart, the Virtual Safety Car ended just as the top five exited the final corner, and Fuoco caught Albon and ART team mate Nyck de Vries napping, scorching past into the lead.</p> <p>Fuoco sauntered off into the distance, but Albon went wide at the first corner, dropping down to fifth. That left Nyck de Vries in second, with Matt Parry third. The pair collided at the hairpin, letting Leclerc through into second.</p> <p>As the final lap began, Ferrari development driver Leclerd looked set to finish second, but he made exactly the same mistake as Albon earlier in the race, going well wide of turn 1, handing second place to de Vries.</p> <p>Fuoco won the race from de Vries, with Matt Parry completing the podium after getting past Albon (P4) and the ailing Leclerc (P5)&nbsp;on the final lap.</p> <p>Sixth was Jack Aitken, then Arjun Maini, reverse-grid pole winner Jake Hughes, Santino Ferrucci in ninth, and Tatiana Calderon took the final point; her first in the series; one which makes her&nbsp;only the second female race to score in the series after Alice&nbsp;Powell in 2012.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12574http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12574Charles Leclerc picks up three-place grid penalty for GP3 race oneSat, 30 Jul 2016 12:31:16 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Charles Leclerc has been given a grid penalty for the first GP3 race of the Hockenheimring weekend.</strong></p> <p>The French driver, who competed in Formula 1 first practice for the German Grand Prix for the Haas team on Friday, was found to have impeded Giuliano Alesi&rsquo;s Trident during qualifying.</p> <p>The incident took place during the session at the 16th&nbsp;and 17th&nbsp;corners of the Hockenheim track.</p> <p>Leclerc had originally qualified in second place but will drop to fifth on the race one grid after the stewards handed him a three-place penalty.</p> <p>Meanwhile in GP2 Prema Racing&rsquo;s Antonio Giovinazzi has been demoted to the back of the grid for the feature race in Germany.</p> <p>His car was found to have not complied with the height dimensions of the undertray and he was excluded from the results of qualifying. He will start P22.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12571http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12571Alexander Albon takes pips team-mate to Hockenheim pole positionSat, 30 Jul 2016 11:15:46 GMT<p><strong>Alexander Albon took his second pole position of the season to&nbsp;extend&nbsp;his GP3 Series championship lead by pocketing the four bonus points available during qualifying.</strong></p> <p>The ART Grand Prix driver clocked a best laptime of 1:28.431 which was 0.078s ahead of his team-mate and closest title rival Charles Leclerc.</p> <p>Arden International&rsquo;s Jake Dennis achieved his best qualifying result of his debut season to start third on the grid.</p> <p>The 30-minute session got going under glorious sunshine at the&nbsp;Hockenheimring for Round 5 of the 2016 season, with&nbsp;DAMS driver Santino Ferrucci the first to lap under the 1m30&nbsp;mark before Leclerc lapped half a second quicker to go top.</p> <p>Albon bettered his team-mate&rsquo;s time by 0.063s to take P1 with Jack Aitken second in the early stages. Koiranen GP&rsquo;s Ralph Boschung was also on a flier and lapped a mere 0.004s slower than Albon to take over&nbsp;P2.</p> <p>With most drivers returning to the pitlane for new Pirelli rubber, the track was almost clear which Matthew Parry took full advantage of. The Briton posted the fastest lap, to take provisional pole, 0.035s ahead of Albon at the midway point.</p> <p>Campos Racing&rsquo;s Steijn Schothorst flew to the top of the timesheet and was first to set a laptime in the 1m28&rsquo;s before Dennis and then Albon lapped quicker to demote the Dutchman to third. Leclerc was outside of the top ten and on one of his last runs; he ran wide and had a small trip through the gravel but was able to continue.</p> <p>With a few minutes remaining Albon led the pack over Dennis and De Vries but the Monegasque driver found some more pace to rise up the order to grab second position in the dying moments.</p> <p>At the chequered flag, Albon held on to take his second pole of the campaign ahead of his fierce rival Leclerc. Dennis, De Vries, Antonio Fuoco, Parry, Nirei Fukuzumi, Alex Palou, Schothorst and Aitken completed the top ten.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12520http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12520Arden's Jack Aitken drops to sixth after sprint race penaltySun, 24 Jul 2016 12:11:28 GMT<p><strong>Arden International&#39;s Jack Aitken has dropped from fourth to sixth in the sprint race results from Hungary after receiving a five-second penalty for causing a collision with Ralph Boschung.</strong></p> <p>As the drivers restarted the race on lap 5 following a Safety Car, Ralph Boschung caught up to&nbsp;third-placed Charles Leclerc, and tagged the ART driver&#39;s rear end. As a consequence, Boschung fell back slightly, and was himself hit by Aitken.</p> <p>Boschung received a drive-through penalty for his contact with Leclerc and dropped to 22nd position, but Aitken avoided the wrath of the Stewards until now.</p> <p>The Arden driver finished in fourth place on the road, but now drops to sixth, promoting ART&#39;s Nirei Fukizumi and Koiranen&#39;s Matthew Parry to fourth and fifth respectively.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12517http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12517Alexander Albon controls the field to win in HungarySun, 24 Jul 2016 09:01:21 GMT<p><strong>ART GP&#39;s Alexander Albon had the measure of his contemporaries at the Hungaroring on Sunday, when&nbsp;he led the GP3 Sprint race from start to finish.</strong></p> <p>The Thai driver led every one of the race&#39;s 17 laps after starting from the front row alongside recent addition to the series&nbsp;Arjun Maini, whom he passed on the run down to&nbsp;turn 1.</p> <p>Charles Leclerc tried his best to make it an ART 1-2, but the Monegasque driver had to settle for third, with&nbsp;Maini taking second in just his fourth race in the series.</p> <p>The first corner of the race was marred by a huge crash for Jenzer driver Akash Nandy, who tagged the front of Nyck de Vries&#39; car with his rear wheel. The Malaysian&nbsp;driver hit the barrier and flipped upside down, immediately necessitating&nbsp;the Safety Car.</p> <p>The driver was unhurt, but it took four laps for the racing to resume. Ralph Boschung was overzealous on the restart, first hitting the back of Charles Leclerc as they rounded the penultimate corner, and then beind hit by Jack Aitken. Boschung&nbsp;was given a drive-through penalty, which relegated him to last place.</p> <p>Nyck de Vries was on a charge after starting in 20th position&nbsp;and flew through the field, but was only rewarded with 13th for his efforts.</p> <p>Behind Albon, Maini and Leclerc was the ever-impressive Jack Aitken, who finished fourth after starting down in P9. Then came Nirei Fukuzuki, Feature race winner&nbsp;Matthew Parry, Jake Dennis, and Matevos Isaakyan took the final point.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12512http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12512Koiranen's Matt Parry dominates first GP3 race in HungarySat, 23 Jul 2016 18:00:23 GMT<p><strong>Koiranen GP driver Matt Parry dominated the first GP3 race of the weekend at the Hungaroring, after taking over pole position from Nyck de Vries.</strong></p> <p>Lining up for the start, de Vries stalled his ART Grand Prix car and was forced to line up at the end of the pitlane. Parry led the way into Turn 1, with Antonio Fuoco taking over second place.</p> <p>Parry was able to quickly establish a clear lead and was unchallenged right to the chequered flag, during a largely uninterrupted and unusually calm GP3 race.</p> <p>It was the British driver&rsquo;s first victory in the feeder series and he became the fifth driver to stand on the top step of the podium in 2016.</p> <p>Jake Dennis and Nirei Fukuzimi spent the majority of the race close together on the track, with the Arden driver beating the ART racer to the final podium.</p> <p>Ralph Boschung put in a stunning overtake on Charles Leclerc around the outside at Turn 4 in the early laps to snatch fifth, with Leclerc having to settle for sixth and Silverstone victor Alexander Albon finishing seventh.</p> <p>Arjun Maini was eighth, with Jack Aitken in ninth and Kevin Joerg completing the top 10 despite a warning late on for exceeding track limits.</p> <p>Alex Palou was 11th, ahead of Matevos Isaakyan, Richard Gonda, Artur Janosz. All 23 drivers finished despite a first lap incident between Tatiana Calderon and Jake Hughes at Turn 7.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12502http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12502Nyck de Vries takes GP3 pole position in HungarySat, 23 Jul 2016 09:48:49 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Nyck de Vries has secured his first GP3 pole position for the opening race of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.</strong></p> <p>The Dutch driver and McLaren prot&eacute;g&eacute; put in a 1m32.979 late in the session to move up the order, beating Koiranen GP&rsquo;s Matt Parry &ndash; who set the pace in practice - by almost five tenths of a second.</p> <p>Trident&rsquo;s Antonio Fuoco, one of the race winners last time out at Silverstone, has qualified in third place on the grid, with Arden&rsquo;s Jake Dennis and de Vries&rsquo; team-mate Nirei Fukuzumi next up.</p> <p>Following his Haas F1 FP1 outing on Friday Charles Leclerc was sixth, with Jack Aitken improving from his practice position to qualify seventh and Silverstone race victor Alex Albon eighth.</p> <p>Arjun Maini and Ralph Boschung completed the top 10, with Kevin Joerg and Alex Palou in 11th&nbsp;and 12th. Matevos Isaakyan and Artur Janosz were next up.</p> <p>Richard Gonda, Giuliano Alesi and Tatiana Calderon will start 15th, 16th&nbsp;and 17th&nbsp;respectively, with Konstantin Tereschenko and Jake Hughes down in 18th&nbsp;and 19th.</p> <p>The grid will be rounded out by Akash Nandy, Sandy Stuvik, Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci and Steijn Schothorst.</p> <p>A number of lap times were deleted due to drivers running wide at Turns 4 and 11, having gained an advantage by going off track.</p> <p>These corners are where sensors have been positioned in the kerbs.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12437http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12437Giuliano Alesi handed grid penalty for Hungary after Silverstone GP3 contactSun, 10 Jul 2016 19:19:01 GMT<p><strong>Trident driver Giuliano Alesi has been given a grid penalty for the next GP3 round in Hungary after contact at Silverstone.</strong></p> <p>The French driver collided with DAMS racer Jake Hughes during the second race of the British GP3 round.</p> <p>The stewards deemed Alesi, who is the son of F1 race winner Jean, hit the brakes too late at Turn 15.</p> <p>The mistake caused the Trident car to collide with Hughes. Alesi failed to finish the race while Hughes crossed the line in 17<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>The three-place grid drop for Alesi will be applied for race one of the next GP3 round, which takes place in Hungary later this month.</p> <p>His team-mate Antonio Fuoco went on to win the second GP3 race at Silverstone.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12425http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12425Antonio Fuoco fights past Alex Palou to seal confusing first winSun, 10 Jul 2016 09:26:03 GMT<p><strong>Trident&#39;s Antonio Fuoco took the first win of his GP3 career with a win in the Silverstone Sprint race on Sunday.</strong></p> <p>The Italian tore past Alex Palou -&nbsp;who led the majority of the race after starting tenth -&nbsp;with just a couple of laps to go. However, behind them confusion reigned, as the Chequered flag was shown a lap early.</p> <p>Two Virtual Safety Car periods shortened the race from its original 15-lap length to a 30 minute event. When this time limit expires, the rules state that one additional lap is raced, but the chequered flag was waved before this was completed.</p> <p>This meant that Palou&nbsp;- who was passed by Leclerc on&nbsp;the eventually anullified final lap - finished second,&nbsp;rather than behind the ART driver.</p> <p>Extremely dull conditions met the drivers as the racing got underway, and slightly damp tarmac resulted in many drivers going wide at the start.</p> <p>GP3 debutant Arjun Maini started the race on reverse grid pole, but slight contact with Matt Parry on the opening lap resulted in a puncture for the former, and a broken front wing, black and orange flag,&nbsp;and five-second penalty for the latter.</p> <p>Nyck de Vries was also handed a penalty after contact with Ralph Boschung earlier in the race, meaning the Dutchman&#39;s eventual finishing position of fourth was dropped to eighth.</p> <p>Sandy Stuvik started the race from second, but fell rapidly through the order, with Palou, Leclerc and Fuoco demoting him in the first few laps. His fortune did not improve later in the race, and&nbsp;he slowed significantly with just a handful of laps remaining, retiring from sixth place.</p> <p>Behind Fuoco, Palou and Leclerc was Santino Ferrucci, Steijn Schothorst, Jack Aitken, Nirei Fukuzumi, and de Vries, who completed the points.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12423http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12423Albon holds off Leclerc to win Silverstone GP3 race oneSat, 09 Jul 2016 17:12:37 GMT<p><strong>Alexander Albon held off his ART Grand Prix team-mate Charles Leclerc to win the first GP3 race of the weekend at Silverstone.</strong></p> <p>He started from pole position and eked out a comfortable advantage in the early stages, while his closest rivals battled for position further back.</p> <p>But once Leclerc moved up to second place, he started to close in on Albon and was under a second behind his team-mate with a handful of laps remaining.</p> <p>However, he couldn&rsquo;t get close enough to make a move and ultimately ran out of time, finishing 1.6 seconds behind.</p> <p>Albon clinched his second win in the GP3 series, with Leclerc second after a great start and final part of the race, giving ART GP a 1-2 finish. Albon also takes over the lead of the championship with the result.</p> <p>Antonio Fuoco made up ground on lap one and held off Matt Parry to complete the podium. Parry made good progress and pulled off some great overtakes to finish fourth.</p> <p>Nyck de Vries recovered from an early collision with team-mate Nirei Fukuzumi to finish fifth, although he was given a five-place penalty for the contact.</p> <p>Ralph Boschung made late progress to finish sixth, with Arthur Janosz and Jake Dennis next up. Dennis claimed reverse grid pole for race two after a final lap pass on the struggling Sandy Stuvik.</p> <p>Arjun Maini completed the top 10 on his GP3 debut, despite a strong starting position. Alex Palou and Fukuzumi were next up, ahead of Jack Aitken, who struggled for Arden.</p> <p>Matevos Isaakyan raced well within the top 10 before being shown the black and orange flag for a loose wing mirror, causing him to pit.</p> <p>Jake Hughes also looked set for a strong top five result until his rear wing failed on the run to Copse, causing him to retire in the pits after also being shown the same flag.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12414http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12414Santino Ferrucci handed grid penalty for GP3 qualifying collision with Charles LeclercSat, 09 Jul 2016 11:26:53 GMT<p><strong>DAMS driver Santino Ferrucci has been given a grid penalty for the first GP3 race at Silverstone after an incident during qualifying.</strong></p> <p>The American rookie made contact with ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Charles Leclerc during the qualifying session.</p> <p>The collision at Turns 16/17 damaged Leclerc&rsquo;s front wing and caused Ferrucci to stop on track with a puncture.</p> <p>Stewards deemed Ferrucci was at fault and have handed him a five-place grid drop for the opening GP3 race at Silverstone.</p> <p>Ferrucci qualified in 17th&nbsp;place for race one and will therefore drop to the back of the grid with the penalty.</p> <p>Leclerc&rsquo;s ART GP team-mate Alexander Albon will start the opening Silverstone GP3 race from pole position.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12411http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12411Alexander Albon claims maiden GP3 pole during eventful British qualifyingSat, 09 Jul 2016 09:45:40 GMT<p><strong>Alexander Albon will start the British round of the&nbsp;GP3 Series Feature Race from pole position, a first for the ART Grand Prix driver.</strong></p> <p>The eventful session began under drizzly conditions at Silverstone with an early red flag caused by Dams&#39; Kevin Joerg after he went into the barriers on a greasy circuit. The session quickly resumed with Konstantin Tereschenko heading the times.</p> <p>The rain caught several others out including Antonio Fuoco who took a trip through the gravel and Nirei Fukuzumi who span before recovering and continuing.</p> <p>With the rain abating, the switch to slicks beckoned and the times began to fall with the pole sitter changing regularly.</p> <p>A second red flag was caused by Haas junior Santino Ferrucci who made light contact with Charles Leclerc, damaging the ART driver&#39;s front-wing whilst puncturing Ferrucci&#39;s tyre, causing him to stop on track.</p> <p>Before that, Albon had set the quickest time and as the session restarted, the rain began to fall heavier, guaranteeing Albon&#39;s maiden pole.</p> <p>He qualified ahead of <a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12354">Leclerc who will drop to seventh with a five-place penalty</a>, therefore handing Sandy Stuvik a front-row slot ahead of Arjun Maini on his debut and Matevos Isaakyan in fourth.</p> <p>Jake Hughes starts fifth ahead of Fuoco, Leclerc, Fukuzumi,&nbsp;Ralph Boschung and Giuliani Alesi.</p> <p>Akash Nandy qualified eighth, but <a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12354">starts 13th with his grid penalty</a>.</p> <p>A number of drivers had their quickest times deleted due to a &quot;zero tolerance&quot; to track limits.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12385http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12385Arjun Maini to replace Oscar Tunjo at Jenzer for Silverstone roundWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:03:06 GMT<p><strong>Arjun Maini will replace&nbsp;Oscar Tunjo at&nbsp;Jenzer Motorsport for the upcoming Silverstone round of the GP3 Series Championship.</strong></p> <p>The 18-year-old will make his debut in the series this weekend, currently with&nbsp;plans in place for him to&nbsp;compete in the British round only, but that could be extended according to the team, which said Maini is&nbsp;&quot;keeping his options open&quot;.</p> <p>The Indian-born driver has most recently competed in&nbsp;Formula 3, but pulled out of the most recent round at the Norisring after struggling with the package on offer.</p> <p>It appears Tunjo will be left without a seat, despite having scored all of Jenzer&#39;s points so far this season which has included a podium in Barcelona.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12354http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12354Charles Leclerc and Akash Nandy receive 5-place grid penalties for SilverstoneSun, 03 Jul 2016 13:39:10 GMT<p><strong>ART&#39;s Charles Leclerc and Akash Nandy of Jenzer Motorsport have each been handed a five-place grid penalty for the GP3 Feature race in Silverstone.</strong></p> <p>Leclerc was found to be &quot;not driving in accordance to the wet conditions&quot; by the race Stewards, following his collision with Tatiana Calderon on Lap 14.</p> <p>After seizing Pole position for the Feature race, he found himself down the order during Sunday&#39;s Sprint race. Under braking for Turn 2, the Monaco-born racer hit the back of Tatiana Calderon&#39;s car, sending her into the wall. Leclerc&#39;s ART then continue sliding, and hit the back of Calderon&#39;s team mate Jake Dennis, effectively causing an Arden double-retirement.</p> <p>Leclerc&nbsp;has been fairly&nbsp;dominant thus far, winning the Feature race in Spain,&nbsp;topping both days&nbsp;of the proceeding test, then claiming pole and Feature race win in Austria. However, this reversal of fortune means he will have plenty of work to do if he is maintain his slender five-point advantage over ART team mate Alexander Albon.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Akash Nandy was found to have exceeded the pit lane speed limit in his Jenzer car, and will receive the same punishment.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12348http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12348Ralph Boschung takes maiden win in Soaking SpielbergSun, 03 Jul 2016 09:23:28 GMT<p><strong>Ralph Boschung took his first ever GP3 series win on Sunday for&nbsp;Koiranen GP in sodden conditions at the Red Bull Ring.</strong></p> <p>Barely three laps were completed under racing conditions, with the first nine laps completed under the Safety Car, as well as&nbsp;two subsequent periods for incidents.</p> <p>Two drivers were lost in the initial Safety Car period; Nirei Fukuzumi stopped on-track in his ART car, and though he was able to get the car going again, he retired in the pit line at the end of the lap. Richard Gonda also stopped part way round the track on lap 7.</p> <p>The action got under way properly on Lap 10, when the Safety Car pulled in to the pits, but would return just two laps later.</p> <p>Jake Hughes resumed the race on Lap 10 in the lead, but&nbsp;was tagged by Matthew Parry behind him. This sent&nbsp;Hughes wide and dropped Parry down the order,&nbsp;promoting Boschung to the lead. Konstantin Tereschenko also went off, but retired in the gravel trap.</p> <p>With the Russian off the track, the Safety Car was deployed on Lap 12,&nbsp;coming back in on Lap 14. However, this green flag period lasted barely the distance of the first sector.</p> <p>Charles Leclerc&nbsp;hit&nbsp;the back of Tatiana Calderon on the way up to Turn 2, then clipped the back of Jake Dennis,effectively ending the race of both Arden drivers, with Calderon retiring on the spot and Dennis crawling back to the pits. Leclerc also retired; a huge reversal of fortune from his race victory on Saturday.</p> <p>That was the last piece of racing action, and Boschung closed the race behind the Safety Car. He was joined on the podium by Alex Albon and Antonio Fuoco. Then it was Nyck de Vries, Jack Aitken, Hughes, Parry, and Sandy Sturvik completed the points.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12346http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12346Charles Leclerc wins first Austria race despite late rain shower scareSat, 02 Jul 2016 18:40:14 GMT<p><strong>GP3 Series championship leader Charles Leclerc took his second category victory on Saturday at the Red Bull Ring, despite a late rain shower threatening his lead.</strong></p> <p>The Monegasque driver led an all ART Grand Prix podium as team-mates Alexander Albon and Nick de Vries came in second and third respectively.</p> <p>Leclerc lost the lead at the start, dropping to third as&nbsp;Albon took the lead, followed by Koiranen GP&#39;s&nbsp;Ralph Boschung, but that order didn&#39;t stand for long as Leclerc quickly got past the pair to relclaim the lead, where he would remain until the checkered flag.</p> <p>It wasn&#39;t however straightforward after that as rain arrived, shrinking Leclerc&#39;s lead, but he managed to hold on despite a quick Albon closing down.</p> <p>It was an unfortunate race for&nbsp;Oscar Tunjo after he wa shown a&nbsp;black-and-orange flag when a rearview mirror fell off his car, costing him fourth place.</p> <p>That position went to&nbsp;Boschung instead, with Antonio Fuoco fifth, followed by&nbsp;Nirei Fukuzumi,&nbsp;Jake Hughes,&nbsp;Jack Aitken and Sandy Stuvik to complete the top ten.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12331http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12331Charles Leclerc storms to dominant Austrian GP3 poleSat, 02 Jul 2016 09:28:44 GMT<p><strong>Charles Leclerc has stormed to an exceptionally dominant pole position for the opening Austrian GP3 race around the Red Bull Ring, ending the session half a second faster than ART Grand Prix team-mate Alexander Albon.</strong></p> <p>It was an ART Grand Prix one-two-three at the top, with Dutch racer Nick de Vries set to start from third on the grid, despite running wide on his final timed lap in the session.</p> <p>Ralph Boschung managed to break the ART Grand Prix monopoly at the front, qualifying fourth ahead of Nirei Fukuzumi who set the initial pace for the French outfit around the fast-flowing Austrian circuit.</p> <p>As ever the GP3 qualifying session was a closely fought affair, with the entire field separated by only +1.6 seconds.</p> <p>Matt Parry ended proceedings as the fastest British racer for Koiranen GP, ahead of Oscar Tunjo. The Colombian racer was the latest to suffer damage to his car after running over the kerbs lining the Red Bull Ring, losing his left wing mirror on the exit of Turn 8.</p> <p>Meanwhile British duo Jake Dennis and Jake Hughes came home eighth and ninth for Arden International and DAMS respectively, with Haas F1 development driver Santiago Ferrucci rounding out the top ten for DAMS.</p> <p>The session ran completely incident free, with only a handful of drivers making minor mistakes and running wide throughout the session and ruining their individual lap times.</p> <p>The GP3 field will be one car short for the remainder of the weekend, after Giuliano Alesi was advised not to participate after enduring an almighty shunt at Turn 1 during practice on Friday.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12174http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12174Charles Leclerc fastest again as Spielberg GP3 test concludesWed, 08 Jun 2016 17:57:21 GMT<p><strong>Charles Leclerc was once again the fastest man during the second day of the GP3 Series test at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, having also topped the timing screens on day one of the two-day test.</strong></p> <p>The Ferrari development driver piloted his ART Grand Prix car to a best time of 1m19.437s, just pipping&nbsp;Trident&rsquo;s Antonio Fuoco by a hundredth of a second.</p> <p>Leclerc set his best time during the morning and it wasn&#39;t beaten during the afternoon, with&nbsp;Campos Racing&rsquo;s Steijn Schothorst quickest in the afternoon with&nbsp;a 1m20.671s, a mere 0.037s ahead of Arden International&rsquo;s Jack Aitken.</p> <p>With the final day of testing upon them before the next round, most drivers chose to focus on race simulations, which would explain the lack of chart-topping times after the lunch break.</p> <p>There were a total of four red flag stoppages, three in the morning and one in the afternoon. Two of those were down to Trident&#39;s&nbsp;Giuliano&nbsp;Alesi, who&nbsp;stopped on track at Turns 2&nbsp;and 3&nbsp;and thirdly when Konstantin Tereshchenko stopped at Turn 2.</p> <p>The sole red flag in the afternoon was caused by&nbsp;Kevin&nbsp;Jorg, whose DAMS car came to a halt in the gravel at Turn 6.</p> <p>The top ten overall, taking into account combined times from the morning and afternoon, were: Leclerc, Fuoco, Matthew Parry, Alexander Albon, Jack Aitken, Nick de Vries, Oscar Tunjo, Ralph&nbsp;Boschung,&nbsp;Santino Ferrucci and Sandy Stuvik, all having lapped within three-tenths of the quickest time.</p> <p>GP3 Series will next be in action for Round 2 of the 2016 season at this same track on July 01-02-03.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12170http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12170Charles Leclerc ends day one of GP3 Red Bull Ring test fastestTue, 07 Jun 2016 16:46:00 GMT<p><strong>Spanish Grand Prix race one winner Charles Leclerc has ended the opening day of the GP3 test in Austria fastest overall across both sessions for ART Grand Prix, following a productive day for the Monegasque racer.</strong></p> <p>During the morning period Leclerc ended proceedings just under a second ahead of team-mate Nick de Vries, with Alexander Albon creating an ART Grand Prix top three after ending the morning period third fastest.</p> <p>Early pace setter Oscar Tunjo was fourth, despite causing a brief red flag delay early on after lightly tapping the barriers.</p> <p>The DAMS of Jake Hughes finished fifth ahead of the fourth ART Grand Prix of Nirei Fukuzumi in sixth position.</p> <p>Antonio Fuoco was next in seventh ahead of Jack Aitken, with Matthew Parry and Sandy Stuvik rounding out the top ten of what was a relatively incident-free and productive morning for the GP3 fraternity around the Red Bull Ring circuit.</p> <p>In the afternoon session Fuoco managed to pip Leclerc to the top spot for Trident, albeit seven tenths slower than the Monegasque&rsquo;s benchmark from the morning period.</p> <p>Leclerc managed to finish a tenth ahead of ART Grand Prix team-mate de Vries in third, with Hughes improving to fourth for DAMS.</p> <p>Parry was another driver who managed to improve throughout the afternoon period, ending the day fifth fastest ahead of ART Grand Prix duo Fukuzumi and Albon.</p> <p>Richard Gonda managed to end the day within the top ten in eighth for Jenzer Motorsport, with Artur Janosz and Ralph Boschung rounding out the top ten.</p> <p>Meanwhile two further red flag delays plagued proceedings in the afternoon period, with Steijn Schothorst stopping on the circuit after completing only two laps for Campos Racing.</p> <p>Later in the session both Tatiana Calderon and Tunjo stopped on the circuit, creating a third and final red flag period.</p> <p>The GP3 fraternity will return to the Red Bull Ring tomorrow for the second day of the test, as preparations continue ahead of the second round of the season next month at the Austrian circuit.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12023http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12023ART clean sweep as Alexander Albon takes Barcelona race two victorySun, 15 May 2016 10:27:28 GMT<p><strong>Alexander Albon made it two wins from two for ART Grand Prix after taking victory in Race Two, the day after team-mate&nbsp;Charles <a href="http://www.grandprixtimes.com/news/id/12020">Leclerc secured victory in the opening race</a> of the season on Saturday.</strong></p> <p>Albon made a perfect start from the second row&nbsp;and produced a stunning overtake on the outside of reverse pole-sitter Oscar Tunjo at Turn 1 to claim the lead, whilst&nbsp;Trident and Ferrari Driver Academy&rsquo;s Antonio Fuoco gained two&nbsp;places at the start, whilst Nyck De Vries jumped up four places to jump into the top five.</p> <p>Leclerc dropped a few places at the start of the race, but fought back into ninth by the end of the opening lap. The Monegasque rookie was behind the DAMS duo of Kevin Jorg and Jake Hughes as they enjoyed a race long tussle for the final points on offer.</p> <p>With Albon leading Jenzer Motorsport&#39;s&nbsp;Tunjo, a scrap developed for the final podium spot as Arden&#39;s Jake&nbsp;Dennis&nbsp;looked&nbsp;ready to attack Fuoco in the final laps; however the Italian was able to hold the Brit at bay until the chequered flag.</p> <p>Leclerc leaves Round 1 with the lead in the Drivers&rsquo; Standings &ndash; he holds a four point advantage over his teammate Albon and DAMS debutant Jake Hughes. Due to their double success; ART Grand Prix leads the Teams&rsquo; Standings over newcomers to the Series DAMS with Trident in third.</p> <p>The second round of the season takes place&nbsp;in Austria on July 01-02-03, with the GP3 teams testing at the Red Bull Ring next month on June 07-08.</p> <p>For full race results from the Spanish round of the GP3 Series, <a href="http://www.gp3series.com/Results/?seasonid=173&amp;raceid=976">click here</a>.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12020http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12020Charles Leclerc takes race one win in Spain on GP3 debutSat, 14 May 2016 17:17:44 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Charles Leclerc drove to a clear victory in the first GP3 race of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.</strong></p> <p>The Frenchman claimed the win on his debut in the feeder series. In fact, the top three places were filled by 2016 rookies.</p> <p>DAMS racer Jake Hughes took pole position earlier on Saturday but lost out to Leclerc at the start. The two drivers kept in close contact early on before the ART GP car started to move clear.</p> <p>Despite dark clouds looming in the distance, conditions remained largely dry, other than a few spots of rain. There were some close battles throughout the race but drivers struggled to overtake.</p> <p>Leclerc crossed the line six seconds clear of Hughes to win the 2016 GP3 season opener, with his team-mate Nirei Fukuzumi just behind in third place.</p> <p>The experienced Trident driver Antonio Fuoco was fourth, ahead of front row starter Kevin Joerg and Alexander Albon. Jake Dennis was the lead Arden, with Oscar Tunjo next up.</p> <p>Nyck de Vries and Ralph Boschung completed the top 10 in the first race, with Matevos Isaakyan, Matt Parry, Richard Gonda and Tatiana Calderon filling the next four places.</p> <p>Santino Ferrucci, Artur Janosz, Konstantin Tereshchenko, Sandy Stuvik and Alex Palou were next up. Jack Aitken started 10<sup>th</sup> but stalled on the grid and dropped down the field, eventually finishing 20<sup>th</sup>.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12009http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/12009Jake Hughes snaps up GP3 pole for 2016 season openerSat, 14 May 2016 10:19:24 GMT<p><strong>Jake Hughes has secured pole position for the opening race of the 2016 GP3 season at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.</strong></p> <p>The British racer stormed to pole position with a late 1m34.632s to beat his team-mate Kevin Jorg by just one and a half tenths, making it an all DAMS front row.</p> <p>Times quickly tumbled throughout the 30-minute session as the circuit rubbered in and conditions improved. Charles Leclerc and Nirei Fukuzumi were next up for ART Grand Prix, with Jake Dennis leading Arden&rsquo;s charge in fifth.</p> <p>Jenzer&rsquo;s Oscar Tunjo and Trident driver Antonio Fuoco set the sixth and seventh best times in qualifying, with Alex Albon, Ralph Boschung and Jack Aitken next up for ART GP, Koiranen GP and Arden respectively.</p> <p>Aitken lost time in traffic on his best lap. There were plenty of rookie drivers making an impression in the top 10. Nyck de Vries and Tatiana Calderon were 11<sup>th</sup> and 12<sup>th</sup>, while Richard Gonda &ndash; who set the pace in practice &ndash; and Steijn Schothorst will start on the seventh row of the grid.</p> <p>Giuliano Alesi, son of ex-F1 driver Jean, will line up 15<sup>th</sup>, ahead of Matevos Isaakyan, Matt Parry, Santino Ferrucci and Konstantin Tereshchenko. GP3 drivers with more experience in the series, Sandy Stuvik, Artur Janosz and Alex Palou were 21<sup>st</sup>, 22<sup>nd</sup> and 24<sup>th</sup>.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11999http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/1199924 drivers on the 2016 GP3 grid in SpainFri, 13 May 2016 11:24:16 GMT<p><strong>The GP3 field for the 2016 season opener at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has been announced, with 24 drivers set to compete in Spain.</strong></p> <p>A number of empty seats have now been filled for the first round, which seems the official race debut of the new GP3/16 car.</p> <p>Teams have been busy in recent weeks completing tests with the new machine. Plenty of drivers from last year return to GP3 for the 2016 season.</p> <p>Meanwhile there are a number of quick rookies who join the series for the season opener, as they look to follow in the footsteps of Renault F1 reserve driver and 2015 GP3 champion Esteban Ocon.</p> <p><strong>Here is the GP3 entry list for Spain:</strong></p> <p>Charles Leclerc &ndash; ART Grand Prix</p> <p>Nirei Fuzukumi - ART Grand Prix</p> <p>Alexander Albon - ART Grand Prix</p> <p>Nyck de Vries - ART Grand Prix</p> <p>Antonio Fuoco &ndash; Trident</p> <p>Artur Janosz &ndash; Trident</p> <p>Giuliano Alesi &ndash; Trident</p> <p>Sandy Stuvik &ndash; Trident</p> <p>Jake Dennis &ndash; Arden International</p> <p>Tatiana Calderon &ndash; Arden International</p> <p>Jack Aitken &ndash; Arden International</p> <p>Matthew Parry &ndash; Koiranen GP</p> <p>Mahaveer Raghunathan &ndash; Koiranen GP</p> <p>Matevos Isaakyan &ndash; Koiranen GP</p> <p>Ralph Boschung &ndash; Koiranen GP</p> <p>Akash Nandy &ndash; Jenzer Motorsport</p> <p>Richard Gonda &ndash; Jenzer Motorsport</p> <p>Oscar Tunjo &ndash; Jenzer Motorsport</p> <p>Alex Palou &ndash; Campos Racing</p> <p>Steijn Schothorst &ndash; Campos Racing</p> <p>Konstantin Tereschenko &ndash; Campos Racing</p> <p>Santino Ferrucci &ndash; DAMS</p> <p>Jake Hughes &ndash; DAMS</p> <p>Kevin Jorg - DAMS</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11845http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11845Kevin Joerg quickest on final day of GP3 testingThu, 21 Apr 2016 16:51:43 GMT<p><strong>DAMS rookie Kevin Joerg was fastest on the second day of the final GP3 pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.</strong></p> <p>The Swiss driver - who is also part of Renault&#39;s young driver programme - set his time in the afternoon session, after the morning was hit with heavy rain showers.</p> <p>The morning session included a lack of running for a lot of drivers, with the quickest lap set by Charles Leclerc, a full twenty seconds off the pace of the afternoon&#39;s proceedings.</p> <p>The session was punctuated by three red flag. Oscar Tunjo was first, with the Colombian spinning off at Turn 1. Later it was Nyck de Vries, who got stuck in the gravel at Turn 5, and Jake Hughes&nbsp;soon followed suit at the end of the session.</p> <p>Despite a challenge from Alexander Albon, it was Leclerc who posted the fastest time of the session.</p> <p>Joerg was second in the morning, followed by Konstantin Tereschenko, Alexander Albon, Jack Aitken, Nirei Fukuzumi, Santino Ferrucci, and Nyck de Vries. Two of the Jenzer cars of Akash Nandy and Richard Gonda rounded off the top 10.</p> <p>The grey clouds lifted thereafter, and slicks became the way to go for most of the field. Ferrucci led as the session was half-done, but he was soon demoted by Richard Gonda and Oscar Tunjo.</p> <p>Two of the DAMS cars then went about setting times under 1:36; first Joerg, then Hughes. They headed the timing sheets ahead of Antonio Fuoco, who was the only other driver to set a time in the 1:35s.</p> <p>Behind him it was Alex Palou, Leclerc, Artur Janosz, Albon, Fukuzumi, Ralph Boschung, and Tunjo who made up the top ten.</p> <p>The 2016 GP3 season gets under way on May 13, 14 and 15, supporting the Spanish Grand Prix.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11840http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11840Oscar Tunjo sets pace on day 1 of final GP3 pre-season testWed, 20 Apr 2016 17:58:36 GMT<p>Jenzer Motorsport driver Oscar Tunjo recorder the quickest lap time of the day as GP3 class of 2016 commenced their final pre-season test, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.</p> <p>The Colombian lapped the track in a time of 1:33.554 in the morning session, nearly three tenths ahead of Trident driver and Ferrari Protege Antonio Fuoco, who notched a 1:33:843.</p> <p>Both drivers set their time in the morning session, where Tunjo was the first driver to break into the 1:33s. Fuoco and Ralph Boschung soon followed suit, with Boschung less than a tenth behind Fuoco in his Koiranen car. However, neither could best Tunjo as the morning session was cut short by a trip into the gravel for Sandy Stuvik.</p> <p>Behind the top three of Tunjo, Fuoco and Boschung were Matthew Parry, Jack Aiten, Tatiana Calderon, Charles Leclerc, Matevos Isaakyan, and Nirei Fukuzumi, with Alex Palou completing the top 10.</p> <p>The afternoon&#39;s proceedings were&nbsp;slightly brighter than the cloudy morning session, and included Jake Dennis setting the initial pace. Steijn Schothorst then pipped the Briton for Campos Racing, becoming the first driver of the second session to drop into the 1:35s in doing so. Dennis then brought out the second red flag of the day when he stopped on track.</p> <p>The slower afternoon times were due to race simulations tested by most teams, but Charles Leclerc set the pace during this time, narrowly finishing the day ahead of DAMS&#39; Jake Hughes. A third and final red flag, caused by Jake Parry, stopped at turn 8.</p> <p>Leclerc led Hughes at the end of the day, with Palou, Santino Ferrucci, Schothorst, Alexander Albon, Tunjo, Fukuzumi, Nyck de Vries and Konstantin Tereschenko filling out the top 10.</p> <p>The final day of pre-season testing gets underway at 9:00 local time tomorrow.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11739http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11739Matthew Parry tops day two of second GP3 pre-season test for Koiranen GPFri, 08 Apr 2016 15:45:05 GMT<p><strong>Koiranen GP&#39;s Matthew Parry&nbsp;was fastest on day two&nbsp;of the second pre-season GP3&nbsp;test at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.</strong></p> <p>Parry set his time in a morning session which started off wet, after a shower soaked the track. Wet tyres were the order of the day initially, and with lap&nbsp;times decreasing&nbsp;with every lap&nbsp;as moisture cleared,&nbsp;Giuliano Alesi became the first driver to post a time under one minute thirty, topping the sheets for Trident.</p> <p>As the track dried, slicks&nbsp;became the way to go, and the lap times tumbled even further. The Koiranen team-mates provided most of the action as the track dried;&nbsp;Parry and Matevos Isaakyan trading fastest times, before Ralph Boschung stopped on track, bringing out the red flag momentarily.</p> <p>With the tarmac at its best just before lunch, Parry posted a time of 1m21.476s -&nbsp;just under a tenth faster than pace-setter Nirei Fukuzumi, who was himself only four thousandths ahead of ART&#39;s Charles Leclerc.</p> <p>That put Parry, Fukuzumi, and Leclerc&nbsp;at the top, followed by&nbsp;Alexander Albon, Artur Janosz, Nyck de Vries, Oscar Tunjo, Antonio Fuoco, Alex Palou and Jake Hughes.</p> <p>After Lunch, the top three from the morning continued to set the pace. Fukuzumi initially led the times, but was out-done by Parry. Charles Leclerc then set a time of 1m22.089s to take the honours, just ahead of Jake Hughes, who improved to second place withing the final thirty minutes.</p> <p>The afternoon session wound to a close, and Leclerc&#39;s time remained the best, ahead&nbsp;of Hughes, Parry, Santino Ferrucci, Boschung, Kevin J&ouml;rg, Fukuzumi, Alexander Albon, Jake Dennis and Konstantin Tereshchenko.</p> <p>The third and final GP3&nbsp;pre-season test will be held at the Barcelona&#39;s Circuit de Catalunya&nbsp;on 20-21&nbsp;April.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11737http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11737Artur Janosz tops opening day of second GP3 pre-season testThu, 07 Apr 2016 17:56:54 GMT<p><strong>Trident driver Artur Janosz set the fastest time during the first day of the second GP3 Series&nbsp;pre-season test on Thursday at Spain&#39;s&nbsp;Circuit Ricardo Tormo.</strong></p> <p>Janosz narrowly beat&nbsp;Koiranen GP&rsquo;s Matthew Parry, who&nbsp;topped the afternoon session with&nbsp;a 1:21.932, just two-tenths shy of the best time.</p> <p>DAMS&rsquo; rookie Jake Hughes was first on track but it was Jenzer&#39;s Akash Nandy who first lapped into the 1m23s. DAMS and Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci found some extra pace to dip into the 1m22s before Oscar Tunjo rose to the top of the timesheet with&nbsp;a 1:22.029.</p> <p>There was a short break in proceedings when Parry stopped on track, causing a brief red flag.</p> <p>As&nbsp;lunch neared,&nbsp;Arden International&rsquo;s Jack Aitken shot to second before Janosz dropped below the 1m22s mark&nbsp;to top the session with just over 30 minutes remaining. Charles Leclerc jumped into P2 before his teammate Alexander Albon displaced him. Konstantin Tereshchenko improved to third as the clock ticked down.</p> <p>With the two hour lunch break over, Leclerc was first to set the pace. The Arden duo of Jake Dennis and Aitken led the way for the majority of the afternoon &ndash; separated by just 0.027s. The session was studious with the drivers focusing on long runs.</p> <p>In the final thirty minutes, Parry shot to the top of timings and was first into the 1m21s. At the chequered flag the Brit remained P1, two tenths ahead of fellow compatriot Dennis. Aitken, Nirei Fukuzumi, Leclerc, Albon, Tunjo, Steijn Schothorst, Ferrucci and Matevos Isaakyan completed the top ten.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11688http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11688Oscar Tunjo joins Jenzer Motorsport for 2016 GP3 seasonSat, 02 Apr 2016 13:52:25 GMT<p><strong>Colombian driver Oscar Tunjo has been announced at Jenzer Motorsport for this year&rsquo;s GP3 season.</strong></p> <p>He is the second driver to be confirmed at the Swiss outfit for this year&rsquo;s GP3 campaign, joining Malaysian racer Akash Nandy.</p> <p>Following several years in Formula Renault 2.0 championships, Tunjo moved up to Formula Renault 3.5 for the 2014 season, competing in 12 races.</p> <p>He raced six times in the GP3 Series last year with Trident, winning the second race in Austria at the Red Bull Ring.</p> <p>Tunjo already has experience with the new GP3/16 car after testing for Jenzer at the opening pre-season test in Estoril.</p> <p>&quot;With Oscar we have a very experienced and determined driver in the team,&quot; said team boss Andreas Jenzer.</p> <p>&quot;The goal can only be top results. We are looking forward to starting racing with him.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11635http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11635Antonio Fuoco ends opening GP3 test quickest for TridentThu, 24 Mar 2016 18:07:53 GMT<p><strong>Ferrari Driver Academy member Antonio Fuoco set the quickest time on the final day of the opening GP3 test in Estoril.</strong></p> <p>The Trident driver set his quickest time of 1:27.293 in the morning session, as did all of the drivers who took part in running in Portugal on Thursday.</p> <p>Fuoco finished half a second clear of Jake Dennis, who will race for Arden this year, with ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Alexander Albon and Trident&rsquo;s Sandy Stuvik in third and fourth.</p> <p>Nyck de Vries was fifth in the second ART GP car, with Kevin Jorg, Jack Aitken and Tatiana Calderon next up. Matevos Isaakyan and Santino Ferrucci rounded out the top 10 for Koiranen GP and DAMS respectively.</p> <p>Recently-announced Koiranen GP driver Ralph Boschung, ART GP&rsquo;s Charles Leclerc and DAMS driver Jake Hughes finished in 11<sup>th</sup>, 12<sup>th</sup> and 13<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>Nirei Fukuzumi, Artur Janosz, Alex Palou, Matt Parry, Konstantin Tereshchenko, Steijn Schothorst and Akash Nandy completed the top 20 on the final day of the first test.</p> <p>Oscar Tunjo, Giuliano Alesi, Mahaveer Raghunathan and Hongli Ye, who was a new addition to the entry list for Jenzer on Thursday, rounded out the results.</p> <p>There were several stoppages during the morning and afternoon sessions, including a spin for Tereshchenko, problem for Leclerc, issues for Fuoco and Janosz and Stuvik&rsquo;s car breaking down on track.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11623http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11623Antonio Fuoco fastest on day two of GP3 testing at EstorilWed, 23 Mar 2016 18:01:36 GMT<p><strong>Trident driver Antonio Fuoco set the pace on the second day of the opening GP3 Series test at Portugal&rsquo;s Circuito Estoril.</strong></p> <p>The Italian, who is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, put in his best lap of the day in the morning session with a 1:27.991. He finished the afternoon running quickest too but failed to beat his earlier lap.</p> <p>Jack Aitken was second quickest overall, under two tenths slower than Fuoco. He was third fastest in the morning but improved in the afternoon to move up to the runner-up spot for Arden International.</p> <p>Artur Janosz was third in the second Trident car, with Alexander Albon fourth for ART Grand Prix with his best time from the morning, which was good enough for second quickest in the earlier session.</p> <p>Jake Dennis, Nyck de Vries, Jake Hughes and Matt Parry completed the top 10. The ART GP duo of Nirei Fukuzimi and Charles Leclerc were next up, ahead of Kevin Jorg, Oscar Tunjo and Alex Palou.</p> <p>Santino Ferrucci, the recently-confirmed Koiranen GP driver Ralph Boschung, Matevos Isaakyan and Giuliano Alesi filled the next four positions on the final timesheet.</p> <p>There were several red flags during the day, disrupting running in the new GP3/16 car for the teams. Mahaveer Raghunathan suffered a spin, while Leclerc stopped on track with 10 minutes remaining.</p> <p>Steijn Schothorst, Tatiana Calderon, Sandy Stuvik, Akash Nandy, Konstantin Tereshchenko and Raghunathan rounded out the runners in Portugal. The third and final day of the Estoril test takes place on Thursday.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11620http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11620Boschung completes four-car Koiranen GP3 line-upWed, 23 Mar 2016 12:10:24 GMT<p align="justify"><b>Swiss racer Ralph Boschung will race for Koiranen GP in the GP3 Series this season.</b></p> <p>Boschung scored 28 points in his first season in GP3 racing for Jenzer last year, taking a maiden podium with third in the&nbsp;Silverstone reverse-grid race.</p> <p>He will complete Koiranen&rsquo;s four-car line-up, alongside Matt Parry, Matevos Isaakyan and Mahaveer Raghunatan.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very excited to be joining Koiranen GP,&rdquo; he said.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;They have shown great success over the last few years in GP3 which is very attractive as a driver point of view.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;I am really looking to get to work with the team and hopefully have a successful year together.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11617http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11617ART's Nirei Fukuzumi tops first day of GP3 testing at EstorilTue, 22 Mar 2016 18:38:04 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix&rsquo;s Nirei Fukuzumi topped the opening day of the first GP3 Series of 2016 at Estoril.</strong></p> <p>The Japanese Formula 3 graduate clocked the best time of the day in the afternoon, lapping the Portuguese circuit in 1m28.645s.</p> <p>He narrowly edged out Arden&rsquo;s Jake Dennis to the top spot by 0.015s.</p> <p>Alexander Albon and Charles Leclerc were third and fourth, making it three ART cars in a closely congested top four.</p> <p>Dennis&rsquo; Arden team-mate Jack Aitken was fifth, with Jake Hughes sixth for DAMS.</p> <p>Steijn Schothorst was fastest for Campos Racing in the morning session, but could manage just 19th on the leaderboard in the afternoon.</p> <p>Dennis and Albon completed the top three, with afternoon pacesetter Fukuzumi in seventh.</p> <p>The morning session was marked by two red flags, the first for an on-track stoppage for Arden&rsquo;s Tatiana Calderon, and the second prompted by a spin by Konstantin Tereshchenko.</p> <p>Tereshchenko caused a third red flag in the afternoon when he stopped with a technical issue.</p> <p>The three-day test will resume on Wednesday.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11548http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11548Mahaveer Raghunathan signs with GP3's Koiranen for 2016Wed, 16 Mar 2016 18:01:54 GMT<p><strong>Koiranen GP has announced Mahaveer Raghunathan will race alongside Matthew Parry and Matevos Isaakyan in the GP3 series in 2016.</strong></p> <p>The Indian driver previously competed in the MRF Challenge, Formula Masters China and Italian Formula 4, as well as appearances in Formula Renault 2.0 Alps and EuroFormula Open in 2015.</p> <p>He competed in 26 FIA European Formula 3 Championship races last year, with a best finish of 20<sup>th</sup> place for the Motopark team.</p> <p>The 17-year-old now moves up to the GP3 series with Koiranen GP and will sample the brand new car for the second time at the opening Estoril test at the end of March, following the recent shakedown in France.</p> <p>&quot;I am extremely excited to drive with Koiranen GP this year in GP3,&quot; Raghunathan said on the news.</p> <p>&quot;Koiranen GP is a very strong team with good results in the series and I hope to learn a lot from their experience and give my best performance in my rookie year.&quot;</p> <p>The Finnish team enjoyed a largely positive 2015 season, finishing fourth in the championship with one win and five further podiums.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11445http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11445GP3 drops Russia and Bahrain as 2016 calendar is announcedFri, 04 Mar 2016 11:42:16 GMT<p><strong>The GP3 series has confirmed its schedule for the 2016 season, with Russia and Bahrain being replaced by rounds in Germany and Malaysia.</strong></p> <p>2016 will feature nine rounds for the GP3 series, which is a support category for F1. Like its sister series GP2, Russia and Bahrain no longer feature on the calendar.</p> <p>Germany and the Hockenheimring return to GP3 after a year away, while the feeder championship will debut in Malaysia at the Sepang International Circuit.</p> <p>Three further pre-season tests take place before the season opener, with the first shakedown of the new GP3/16 car having already been completed in France. Estoril, Valencia and Barcelona will all host tests.</p> <p>The GP3 season will kick off in May at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, before an in-season test at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. A race weekend at the track will follow before rounds in Great Britain, Hungary and Germany.</p> <p>After a break, GP3 will return in Belgium and Italy, before its first trip to Malaysia and the finale at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi at the end of November.</p> <p>&quot;The fact that we will run alongside nine Formula One events this season guarantees great exposure for our young and talented drivers,&quot; said GP3 CEO Bruno Michel.</p> <p>&quot;This will give them the best opportunity to showcase their potential on the same tracks, using Pirelli tyres, in front of the F1 fraternity.</p> <p>&quot;We welcome the addition of Sepang to the GP3 calendar which will provide yet another intriguing challenge. It promises to be another very exciting year, especially with the introduction of the third generation GP3 car.&quot;</p> <p><strong>2016 GP3 schedule</strong></p> <p>1. Spain &ndash; 13-15 May<br /> 2.&nbsp;Austria &ndash; 1-3 July<br /> 3.&nbsp;Great Britain &ndash; 8-10 July<br /> 4.&nbsp;Hungary &ndash; 22-24 July<br /> 5.&nbsp;Germany &ndash; 29-31 July<br /> 6.&nbsp;Belgium - 26-29 August<br /> 7.&nbsp;Italy &ndash; 2-4 September<br /> 8.&nbsp;Malaysia &ndash; 30 September &ndash; 2 October<br /> 9.&nbsp;Abu Dhabi &ndash; 27-29 November</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11431http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11431GP3 teams complete shakedown with new 2016 car in FranceWed, 02 Mar 2016 16:55:36 GMT<p><strong>The seven teams competing in the 2016 GP3 season completed a successful, productive shakedown of the feeder championship&rsquo;s all-new car in France on Wednesday.</strong></p> <p>The GP3/16 hit the Magny-Cours track for a non-official test, which focused on reliability of the new car. All seven teams took part, running one car each.</p> <p>The new machine is the third generation of car for the GP3 series and is considerably different to the previous model. The test also marked the first appearance for newcomers DAMS.</p> <p>Nyck de Vries and Nirei Fukuzumi split running for ART GP, with Trident doing the same thing and giving track time to Giuliano Alesi in the morning and Sandy Stuvik in the afternoon.</p> <p>Jack Aitken, Matthew Parry, Akash Nandy and Jake Hughes completed running for Arden, Koiranen GP, Jenzer and DAMS respectively. Former F1 driver Giedo van der Garde helped Campos with testing of the new car in the morning before handing over to Steijn Schothorst.</p> <p>In total 323 laps were completed on day one of the test, which took place in changeable, drying conditions in France.</p> <p>&quot;The purpose of the shakedown is for the teams to learn how to operate this completely new car which includes a brand new Mecachrome bespoke engine and updated electronics,&quot; said GP3 technical director Didier Perrin.</p> <p>&quot;The teams have a lot to discover. By organising a shakedown with only one car per squad, it is the best way to transfer knowledge from the series&rsquo; development team to the GP3 teams.</p> <p>&quot;This will save them a lot of time during the early stages of operating the new car. We&rsquo;re very happy with how today went.</p> <p>&quot;It was a trouble-free day for the most part and we completed even more laps than we expected. The only slight issue we had was the weather. Hopefully we will have better track conditions tomorrow and another positive day of running.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11423http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11423Charles Leclerc and Giuliano Alesi join Ferrari Driver AcademyTue, 01 Mar 2016 18:19:23 GMT<p><strong>Ferrari has confirmed two new additions to its Driver Academy for the 2016 season, with Charles Leclerc and Giuliano Alesi joining Antonio Fuoco and Guan Yu Zhou.</strong></p> <p>Leclerc was recently confirmed in the GP3 series with ART Grand Prix. The Monegasque driver raced in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship last year and finished fourth in the standings.</p> <p>As well as joining the Ferrari Driver Academy, he will also join the F1 team as a development driver.</p> <p>Giuliano, son of former F1 race winner and Ferrari driver Jean Alesi, also joins the young driver programme line-up and will race in GP3 with Trident.</p> <p>The Frenchman finished fourth in French Formula 4 last season. He will partner Fuoco, who also picks up a development driver role with Ferrari, at the Italian team in GP3.</p> <p>Meanwhile Chinese racer Zhou remains in the academy after finishing runner-up in Italian Formula 4 last year. He moves up to European Formula 3 with Motopark.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11418http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11418Akash Nandy joins Jenzer for 2016 GP3 seasonTue, 01 Mar 2016 14:18:59 GMT<p><strong>Jenzer Motorsport has confirmed its first driver for the 2016 GP3 season, with Akash Nandy joining the Swiss outfit.</strong></p> <p>The team will be hoping to build on a more encouraging 2015, where it finished sixth in the teams&rsquo; championship with 55 points.</p> <p>Malaysian driver Nandy already has a win under his belt this year after his car won its Asian Le Mans Series class at the 3 Hours of Malaysia.</p> <p>In 2013 he placed third in the Formula Masters China series, finished 13<sup>th</sup> overall in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship in 2014 and last year he was runner-up in the Formula Remus F3 championship.</p> <p>Now he will make the step up to GP3 with Jenzer Motorsport as the team&rsquo;s first confirmed driver for the up-coming 2016 season.</p> <p>&quot;With Akash the team has a strong driver and we are convinced that we can achieve top level results with him,&quot; said founder and team principal Andreas Jenzer.</p> <p>&quot;We are very motivated and will do our best to make this a successful season.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11410http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11410Charles Leclerc completes ART GP's GP3 line-upMon, 29 Feb 2016 11:40:46 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix has confirmed Charles Leclerc for the 2016 GP3 season, with the Monegasque driver completing the French team&rsquo;s line-up.</strong></p> <p>After a season racing in Formula Renault 2.0, Leclerc stepped up to the FIA European Formula 3 Championship in 2015.</p> <p>During his rookie season he picked up four wins and nine further podiums to finish fourth in the standings with Van Amersfoort Racing. He also finished second at the Macau Grand Prix.</p> <p>Now he makes the move to GP3 with ART GP, having tested for the team in Abu Dhabi last year, joining the previously-announced Alexander Albon, Nyck de Vries and Nirei Fukuzumi.</p> <p>&quot;I am delighted to be joining the great ART Grand Prix family after my karting seasons in 2012 and 2013,&quot; he said.</p> <p>&quot;GP3 is a very competitive series and I am onboard with the best team since the championship started. The tests late last year in Abu Dhabi went very well and I felt very comfortable in the team right from the start.</p> <p>&quot;The atmosphere here is good and everyone is working with just 1 goal in mind, victory. I&#39;m excited about the new car they have prepared for this season and for the start of the championship. My objective is clearly to fight for the title.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11391http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11391Alex Albon joins 2016 GP3 grid with ARTFri, 26 Feb 2016 11:29:21 GMT<p><strong>The ART Grand Prix team has confirmed its third signing for the 2016 GP3 season, with Alex Albon joining the previously-announced Nyck de Vries and Nirei Fukuzumi.</strong></p> <p>The British-born Thai racer completed two test days in Abu Dhabi with the French outfit at the end of 2015, but has now secured a seat on this year&rsquo;s grid.</p> <p>Albon previously raced in Formula Renault 2.0, where he finished third in the Eurocup category in 2014, and stepped up to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship last year with Signature.</p> <p>He finished seventh overall in his rookie campaign, securing two pole positions and five podiums. He has now made the switch over to GP3 for the up-coming season.</p> <p>&quot;Last year, ART Grand Prix had a stunning season winning both titles and it was clear to me that this was the best place to go,&quot; he said. &quot;My test in Abu Dhabi wasn&rsquo;t bad at all but the car is very different to the one I raced last season.</p> <p>&quot;I don&rsquo;t have any real objectives ahead of the new season. I will have to adapt to the new environment and I hope to do the best possible job so that I might be able to climb onto the podium in the second half of the season and maybe get a few wins, why not?&quot;</p> <p>Team manager S&eacute;bastien Philippe added: &quot;Throughout his career Alex has proven that he knew how to adapt quickly and efficiently to a new work environment and that is exactly what he did last December in Abu Dhabi when he tested with ART GP.</p> <p>&quot;Last year Alexander showed he had talent when it came to fighting his way up through the pack when he raced in the European F3 championship and this is a quality that will serve him well in GP3. He will be a valuable asset for ART Grand Prix as we aim to retain both titles secured in 2015.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11374http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11374McLaren junior Nyck De Vries joins GP3 field with ART Grand PrixWed, 24 Feb 2016 14:21:08 GMT<p><strong>McLaren junior driver Nyck de Vries has joined the 2016&nbsp;GP3&nbsp;Series grid, racing with ART Grand Prix.</strong></p> <p>The 21-year-old has won numerous European and World karting championships and made the jump to single seaters in 2012, competing in the&nbsp;Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series. He was crowned 2014 Eurocup Winner and Alps&nbsp;Formula&nbsp;Renault&nbsp;2.0 Champion in&nbsp;the same year.</p> <p>The Dutch driver then moved up to Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2015, finishing third overall, winning the &quot;Best Rookie&quot; award.</p> <p>De Vries said he is &quot;very proud&quot; to be debuting with such a well-respected outfit where he will race alongside&nbsp;Japanese driver Nirei Fukuzumi at the French outfit.</p> <p><b>&quot;</b>ART Grand Prix have an incredible track record and it&rsquo;s the team where any young driver would like to grow,&quot; he commented.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Obviously, I&rsquo;m very proud to join this team, which I have known for a few years now. GP2 and GP3 are definitively the most competitive series, where most of the drivers want to go and the best school to get prepared for the highest level of Motorsport, Formula One. I&rsquo;m used to a different brake/tyre package, and I think the biggest challenge for me will be to make sure I get the most out of the tyres in qualifying and in race trim.</p> <p>&quot;I am confident that working with the best team, thanks to McLaren, will help me to quickly adapt to the car to get ready for the first race in Barcelona. I already know ART Grand Prix, there&rsquo;s a great atmosphere in the team and I&rsquo;m looking forward to the start of the season.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11256http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11256Nirei Fukuzumi joins GP3 grid with ARTFri, 12 Feb 2016 11:37:27 GMT<p><strong>ART Grand Prix has confirmed its first driver for the 2016 GP3 season, with Nirei Fukuzumi joining the team.</strong></p> <p>The Japanese rookie has joined the reigning teams&rsquo; champions after previously testing for ART at the end of 2015 in Abu Dhabi.</p> <p>The Honda junior driver won the<strong> </strong>Japan Formula 4 West Championship in 2014, his first single-seater season, and placed fourth in last year&rsquo;s All-Japan Formula 3 Championship with two wins.</p> <p>&quot;I am very excited to race in GP3 series with ART Grand Prix,&quot; he said. &quot;I think it will be a challenging year for me in a new environment and with a lot to learn but I will do what I can to get the best possible result at every race.</p> <p>&quot;I am very thankful to Honda and ART Grand Prix for giving me this great opportunity in GP3 and I am looking forward to all the new experiences.&quot;</p> <p>S&eacute;bastien Philippe, team manager, added: &quot;I am truly delighted to start our 3rd year of partnership together with Honda with this reinforcement of our collaboration. I am happy to welcome another hot property linked with our partner Honda, Nirei Fukuzumi, to our GP3 series team.</p> <p>&quot;Last December, he showed us during the Yas Marina tests that he has very interesting potential. Just like Nobuharu last year, 2016 will be a learning phase for Nirei.</p> <p>&quot;He will have to learn everything from scratch, but we are confident ART Grand Prix has the knowledge to give him the best conditions to do so and we expect Nirei to fight for podiums after only a few race weekends of adaptation.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11233http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11233Tatiana Calderon confirmed at Arden for 2016 GP3 seasonMon, 08 Feb 2016 14:19:52 GMT<p><strong>Arden International has announced Tatiana Calderon will race for the team in the 2016 GP3 season.</strong></p> <p>The Colombian is the third of Arden&rsquo;s four drivers confirmed for the new GP3 season, joining Jake Dennis and Jack Aitken.</p> <p>Calderon has spent the last three seasons racing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. After a tough debut year with Double R Racing, she switched to Jo Zeller Racing for 2014 and enjoyed a more encouraging campaign.</p> <p>She scored her first points in the series in the second race at Spa-Francorchamps, finishing fifth, and finished in the top 10 on seven further occasions. However, a move to Carlin last year failed to yield similar results.</p> <p>The recently-crowned MRF Challenge Formula 2000 vice-champion tested in the GP3 series at the end-of-season test in Abu Dhabi last December.</p> <p>&quot;I&rsquo;m really excited to be joining Arden for the 2016 GP3 series,&quot; she said. &quot;It&rsquo;s another step forward in my career. I know it&rsquo;s going to be a challenging first year in the series but I know I&acute;m in the right place surrounded by the right people to learn and make the most out of this amazing opportunity.</p> <p>&quot;Arden has been very successful in GP3; they know what it takes to be fighting up the front so I can&rsquo;t wait to start working with them towards that goal.&quot;</p> <p>Arden general manager Julian Rouse added: &quot;It&rsquo;s great to have Tatiana racing with us this season, she participated in the GP3 tests in Abu Dhabi and seemed to adapt to the GP3 car really well and set some very competitive lap times on performance runs.</p> <p>&quot;Coming off the back of a strong run to 2nd place in the MRF series over the winter, I&rsquo;m sure her confidence will be high and it will be good to try and keep that momentum going.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11176http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11176Trident reveals four-car GP3 line-up for 2016Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:27:50 GMT<p><strong>The Trident GP3 team has confirmed Antonio Fuoco, Artur Janosz, Giuliano Alesi and Sandy Stuvik for the 2016 season.</strong></p> <p>The Italian outfit finished as runner-up in last year&rsquo;s teams&rsquo; championship with six wins, taking Luca Ghiotto to second place in the drivers&rsquo; standings.</p> <p>Trident will field three drivers with previous GP3 experience this year, alongside one rookie. Fuoco finished fifth in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship in 2014 before making the move up to GP3 with Carlin last year, scoring two podiums and placing sixth.</p> <p>Polish racer Janosz is the only driver from the team&rsquo;s 2015 line-up to be retained and is looking to build on the flashes of speed shown in his rookie season in the series, where he scored points on six occasions.</p> <p>Stuvik drove for Status Grand Prix last season but suffered a mixed campaign, finishing 17<sup>th</sup> in the championship with two appearances in the top 10. The three drivers will be joined by rookie Giuliano Alesi.</p> <p>His father Jean raced in Formula 1 between 1989 and 2001. Giuliano finished fourth in French Formula 4 in 2015 and completed post-season GP3 testing at the end of the year. He has now been confirmed at Trident for 2016.</p> <p>&quot;We will be fielding four drivers that can score great results this season,&quot; said Maurizio Salvadori, Trident team principal.</p> <p>&quot;I am extremely satisfied to announce our full line-up so early as it will enable us to anticipate and improve our preparation.</p> <p>&quot;The goal is to remain at the top of the GP3 Series in both the driver and the team standings.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11150http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11150DAMS announces 2016 GP3 driver line-upThu, 28 Jan 2016 09:51:40 GMT<p><strong>DAMS has confirmed the drivers racing for the French team in its maiden GP3 season in 2016, fielding three rookies.</strong></p> <p>The Ruaudin-based outfit has enjoyed plenty of success in the GP2 series, the next step up on the F1 feeder series ladder, winning 22 races, three drivers&rsquo; titles and two constructors&rsquo; crowns.</p> <p>Two teams, Status Grand Prix and Carlin, have left the GP3 series for the 2016 season, with DAMS and Virtuosi Racing taking over the vacant entries.</p> <p>DAMS&rsquo; switch to GP3 came at the expense of running in the Formula V8 3.5 championship. It will field three rookie drivers in the F1 support series this year.</p> <p>Jake Hughes won the BRDC Formula 4 title in 2013, finished runner-up in Formula Renault 2.0 Alps last year and also placed sixth in the Eurocup category. The British driver will now step up to GP3 with DAMS.</p> <p>He will be joined by Swiss racer Kevin Joerg, who claimed third in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 in 2015 and second in the NEC series. Santino Ferrucci will complete the line-up after racing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship last season, where he finished 11<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;re eager to begin this new challenge in GP3,&quot; said DAMS co-founder Jean-Paul Driot. &quot;It&#39;s an extremely competitive category full of talented young drivers, but Jake, Santino and Kevin have lots of potential.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;re excited to work with all three and help them reach the top level of professional motorsport. As newcomers to GP3 we appreciate that there is a lot to learn but we do hope to be competitive from the get-go.</p> <p>&quot;DAMS has won in every category in which it has entered and we hope to replicate this success as quickly as possible. We believe the talent and speed of our three young guns will help us reach our goals.&quot;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11127http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11127Jack Aitken steps up to GP3 with ArdenMon, 25 Jan 2016 15:47:26 GMT<p><strong>Jack Aitken has been announced as Arden International&rsquo;s second driver for the 2016 GP3 season, joining Jake Dennis.</strong></p> <p>The British driver claimed the 2015 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and Alps titles, before testing Formula V8 3.5 and GP3 machinery over the winter.</p> <p>He drove for Arden, Status Grand Prix and Koiranen GP in the post-season GP3 test last year and has now been confirmed at the former for his debut campaign in the series.</p> <p>&quot;After working together once back in 2013, and having become close to all the guys here during the early years of my career, I&#39;m extremely excited to be racing with Arden this year in GP3,&quot; Aitken said.</p> <p>&quot;Having come off the back of a championship-winning year in a very competitive series, I&#39;m keen to not rest on our laurels and take the fight to the next level in GP3.&quot;</p> <p>Julian Rouse, general manager at Arden, added: &quot;We first worked with Jack in 2013 in the young driver test in FR3.5, he was already impressive then and now he has finished his studies and had the chance to fully focus on the racing in 2015, the performance from him has been outstanding in what was a very competitive year in FR2.0.</p> <p>&quot;We had a very good test in Abu Dhabi as well at the end of the year, it showed Jack is clearly ready to challenge for race wins in his rookie season in GP3 so we are really looking forward to continuing our success with him.&quot;</p> <p>He will drive in GP3 with Arden alongside Dennis, who finished third in last year&rsquo;s FIA European Formula 3 Championship.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11105http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11105Campos Racing finalises 2016 GP3 line-upThu, 21 Jan 2016 20:50:07 GMT<p><strong>Spanish team Campos Racing has announced its driver line-up for the 2016 GP3 season.</strong></p> <p>Alex Palou will lead the team this season, in his second full GP3 campaign. He will be joined by Konstantin Tereschenko, who raced in the final three rounds of 2015, and rookie Steijn Schothorst.</p> <p>Palou suffered a tough start to his maiden GP3 season but he scored points on six occasions, including a race win at the finale in Abu Dhabi.</p> <p>The Spaniard finished third in the Euroformula Open Championship in 2014, as well as placing runner-up in Spanish Formula 3.</p> <p>Russian driver Tereschenko competed in Russia, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi for Campos in GP3 last year, after finishing runner-up in Euroformula Open and winning the Spanish F3 championship.</p> <p>Schothorst is the only unfamiliar driver in the line-up. The Dutch racer has previously raced in Formula Renault 2.0, the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand and the Renault Sport Trophy.</p> <p>Alex Palou: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m happy to be back in the GP3 Series driving a Campos Racing&rsquo;s car,&rdquo; Palou said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m entirely convinced we will be able to build on the experience gained last year to be competitive from the scratch. I&rsquo;m looking forward to driving the GP3 car again&rdquo;</p> <p>Tereschenko added: &ldquo;I am very happy to be part of Campos Racing for my third consecutive year. This is my first year in the GP3 series, it&acute;s very exciting to grow with the team. Can&acute;t wait for the season to get started.&rdquo;</p> <p>Steijn Schothorst said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m extremely happy to be able to work together with Campos Racing this season. I&rsquo;m very motivated to give the best I can and I&acute;m sure together with team we can get very strong results throughout the season.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11104http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11104GP3 announces 2016 testing datesTue, 19 Jan 2016 20:49:25 GMT<p><strong>The GP3 series has confirmed its testing dates, ahead of the start of the 2016 season.</strong></p> <p>Teams and drivers will get nine days of running in total. The 2016 race calendar will be revealed at a later date.</p> <p>The first session will last three days and take place from the 22-24 March at the Circuito Estoril in Portugal.</p> <p>It will then be followed by a two-day test at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Spain from the 7-8 April.</p> <p>Further pre-season running from the 20-21 April at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will give drivers more track time ahead of the new GP3 campaign.</p> <p>Finally a fourth test session will take place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria from the 7-8 June, during the 2016 season.</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11102http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11102Parry stays at Koiranen GP for 2016Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:41:44 GMT<p><strong>Matt Parry has been retained by the Koiranen GP team for the 2016 GP3 season.</strong></p> <p>He enjoyed an impressive debut in the series with the Finnish outfit, claiming three podiums and placing eighth overall.</p> <p>The Welsh driver won the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championship in 2013, before finishing 11th in the Eurocup series in the following season.&nbsp;</p> <p>He will be joined at the team by Russian Matevos Isaakyan. The 17-year-old competed in the final two rounds of 2015 for Koiranen, with a best finish of ninth in the first Abu Dhabi race.&nbsp;</p> <p>Isaakyan, who is backed by the SMP Racing programme, previously competed in Formula Renault 2.0, finishing third in the Alps series in 2014 and 10th in last year&rsquo;s Eurocup series.</p> <p>&ldquo;GP3 lived up to my expectations as a very competitive series, but already knowing what each of us require should allow for a flying start once the 2016 campaign gets underway,&rdquo; Parry said.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Having completed the 2015 season, I am now familiar with all the circuits we race on, so that will also give me a head-start on what I hope will be a tilt at the championship title.</p> <p>&quot;We don&rsquo;t know who else is returning from the 2015 season, but I can&rsquo;t worry about that. I know what I am capable of with the Koiranen GP team, and we both look forward to turning that into race wins and a lot of points second time around.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The championship title can be my only goal for 2016 and I am already looking forward to getting my head down and working towards that. Getting this deal sewn up so early means that we are already ahead of the field and I intend for it to stay that way.&rdquo;</p> http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11103http://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/11103Britain's Dennis to race for Arden in 2016Fri, 11 Dec 2015 20:48:40 GMT<p><strong>British driver Jake Dennis will compete in the 2016 GP3 season with Arden International.</strong></p> <p>The Racing Steps Foundation-backed racer drove in the European Formula 3 Championship last season with Prema, finishing third overall after scoring six wins.</p> <p>It was his second year in the series, having placed ninth overall in 2014 with Carlin. He previously won the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championship in 2012 and placed fourth in the Eurocup category in 2013.</p> <p>Dennis will also contest in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours with Jota Sport, as one of the drivers of its Gibson 015S-Nissan LMP2 car. He will make his endurance debut at May&rsquo;s 6 Hours of Spa.</p> <p>&quot;This is a fantastic opportunity for me - an absolute win-win situation for sure,&quot; Dennis, who previously tested for Arden, said.</p> <p>&quot;Not only do I get to take another step up the single-seater ladder with one of the top teams in GP3 but I also get my first taste of endurance racing with a Le Mans LMP2 class-winning team as well.</p> <p>&quot;I can&#39;t thank the RSF, Arden and Jota Sport enough for setting this up for me. The chances it gives me to showcase what I&#39;m capable of in front of probably the two biggest audiences in motorsport will be invaluable as I progress my career.&quot;</p>