Newly-crowned Racing Steps Foundation British Formula Three Champion Jack Harvey will contest the GP3 Series with Lotus GP in 2013.
The GP3 Series was launched in 2010 and supports the European leg of the FIA Formula One Championship.
GP3 is recognised as one of the key steps in the ladder to Formula One, with a number of drivers including Valtteri Bottas having graduated from GP3 to race in Formula One.
After a dominant year in British Formula Three, which saw the Racing Steps Foundation development programme driver secure seven wins on his way to claiming the title, Jack tested for the Lotus GP team in November in Estoril.
The MSA Team UK driver impressed the team with his ability to adapt to the car and to be firmly on the pace despite it being his first time in a GP3 car.
"I am proud to have the opportunity to race in the 2013 GP3 Series with the Lotus GP team. We learned a lot during the tests in November and it’s clear that optimising the performance of the tyres will be very important during the season.
“I am looking forward to getting back in the car in March for the first test of season and to returning to the circuits that I raced at in my seasons in Formula BMW.
Our goal will be to challenge for the title and we will all be pushing hard from the beginning to achieve this.
I would like to thank the Racing Steps Foundation for their continuing support and belief in me, without which I wouldn't be in the position I am today;” continued Jack Harvey.
“Despite his young age, Jack’s personality and his results have convinced us that he has all the qualities to be successful in the GP3Series.
In 2013 our goal is to regain the drivers title that we won two years running with Esteban Gutierrez and Valtteri Bottas, and we are looking forward to working towards this goal with Jack next year;” commented Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal, Lotus GP.
Jack’s impressive 2012 season was recognised by the motorsports industry this month with a number of accolades.
Jack received the Driver of the Year Award at the Guild of Motoring Journalists, which has been won in the past by Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and Sir Jackie Stewart.
While Jack was also presented with the Spencer Charrington trophy at the British Racing Drivers Club for being the highest placed British driver in the British F3 Championship.
“It has been one of my strongest seasons in racing to date and to have this recognised by the motorsports industry is a great feeling.
I will be working hard over the winter and next year to be in the best possible position to have another great season;” commented Jack Harvey.
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