BARWA ADDAX TEAM WILL TAKE PART IN THE NEW GP3
The Spanish Barwa Addax Team has been chosen as one of the 10 teams that will take part in the new GP3 Series class, and will compete alongside Formula 1 and GP2 Series for the next three seasons. Barwa Addax Team will be only Spanish team represented. The field also includes 3 British teams, 2 French and 1 representative from France, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland and Germany.
After the great success and prestige gained in the GP2 Series, the team owned by Alejandro Agag, who in the last three years has combined his role as owner with that of Team Principal, has been accepted to form part of the new GP3. The organizing body has recently made the official announcement concerning the teams who will make up the starting grid for the inaugural season.
The season will have 8 events and will run parallel with the Formula 1 races that take place on the European stage of the season. They will compete in the same meetings as F1 and GP2. The dates and events are still to be officially confirmed.
The head of GP2, Bruno Michel, will also be the head of organization for the new GP3, which will guarantee a well organized event if his experience in GP2 is anything to go by. He will be backed up by Leon Price, as Head of Operations after having worked for DPR where he demonstrated his true capacity over a number of years. The new Technical Director will be Didier Perrin, who will be responsible for the development of the new GP3 car.
The philosophy, which has been so successful in the GP2 Series, will be the same in GP3 and it will be seen as a platform for drivers hoping to get an opportunity to drive in GP2 and later hopefully, take the step up to Formula 1. The car designed will be the same design for all the teams, ensuring that all the teams will start with the same material at a reasonable cost. The similarities guarantee competitive racing. The car which is still in the development phase has already been driven by drivers such as Romain Grosjean and Vitaly Petrov. It is expected to be in production at the beginning of 2010 and ready for the official tests in March.
Dallara, will supply the chassis, Renault a two litre four cylinder turbo powered engine. Pirelli will supply competition slicks.
The 10 teams taking part in the championship have been chosen based on their budget and success in the classes in which they have competed. Each team is allowed up to three cars, which means an important infrastructure is required. Barwa Addax Team will be represented by Alejandro Agag as Team Principal, Alberto Longo as Sporting Director and Carlos Nunes as the new Technical Director and whose curriculum includes prestigious teams such as Bennetton and Renault F1. The team will share its headquarters with the GP2 Series team at its new facilities in Valencia.