TOP EURO F3 TEAM TO TAKE ON THE BRITS Spa & Algarve dates for four-car attack by ART Grand Prix The most successful F3 team in Europe is to go head to head with its Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series counterparts later this ...
TOP EURO F3 TEAM TO TAKE ON THE BRITS
Spa & Algarve dates for four-car attack by ART Grand Prix
The most successful F3 team in Europe is to go head to head with its Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series counterparts later this month in a fascinating battle for supremacy at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
France-based ART Grand Prix, winner of the Formula 3 Euro Series for the last six seasons in succession, is to field a four-car squad at Spa for the 24/25 July rounds of British F3 and will also tackle September's Algarve, Portugal races. Driving the team's Mercedes-powered Dallaras will be Mexico's Esteban Gutierrez, Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas, and two young Frenchman with illustrious forebears: Jules Bianchi, nephew of Le Mans victor Lucien, and Adrien Tambay, son of Ferrari F1 racer Patrick.
Bianchi currently leads the Euro Series points rankings thanks to race victories at Lausitz and Norisring; Bottas and Gutierrez are in the championship top 12.
Welcoming ART Grand Prix to British F3, championship co-ordinator Fiona Pawley said: "We are delighted that a team with such a Formula 3 pedigree will be joining the series at Spa; it will be fascinating to see how they get on against the cream of the British teams. We very much hope that some of the other Euro Series teams will take advantage of the gap in their calendar and also come to join the Cooper Tires series."
ART Grand Prix, based at Villeneuve-la-Guyard, has a long and successful connection with UK motorsport, winning the Euro Series with British drivers Jamie Green (2004), Lewis Hamilton (2005) and Paul di Resta ('06).
"Spa-Francorchamps and Algarve are two beautiful circuits and it will be very profitable for our drivers to race there, as they will most likely have to race there in the near future," said ART Grand Prix CEO Frederic Vasseur. "It is also a good occasion for ART Grand Prix to race against the British teams, in a different environment and where we will have to learn and handle new technical parameters. This experience will widen our knowledge and skills package, which means this project is positive all round for ART Grand Prix and their drivers."