ART announces 2009 driver lineup

The ART Grand Prix team is proud to announce their official 2009 driver line up with Jules Bianchi remaining on board for a second season and the addition of three new drivers, Esteban Manuel Gutierrez, Adrien Tambay and Valtteri...

The ART Grand Prix team is proud to announce their official 2009 driver line up with Jules Bianchi remaining on board for a second season and the addition of three new drivers, Esteban Manuel Gutierrez, Adrien Tambay and Valtteri Bottas.

Seventeen year old Gutierrez joins the team after a successful test at the Magny Cours circuit in November, the young Mexican the current Formula BMW Europe champion, and will be an excellent addition to the team.

Adrien Tambay also won several races in the Formula BMW series while Valtteri Bottas, won both the Euro and NEC Formula Renault 2.0 championships with a total of 17 victories.

Meanwhile, Jules Bianchi, who is already a winner in the F3Euroseries, finished third overall in 08 and is planning to take the crown in 09, adding to the team's already impressive statistics of five successive world crowns.

Together with these four drivers and a stable and tested engineering team, ART Grand Prix will aim to win races at each round as well as the two championships in the 2009 F3 Euro Series.

Jules Bianchi: I am delighted to continue my career with ART Grand Prix! I just hope we'll do a bit better together, which means we'll be crowned in 2009. I am part of the best team in the championship and I am aware that I have an advantage. I work in every way possible to achieve mys aim and it will be up to me to make the difference.

Adrien Tambay: Coming from Formula BMW, the F3 Euro Series was the most logical step because it is the most competitive and formative championship. After having tested with the three best teams in the championship, it was always clear ART Grand Prix was my first choice and I thank Frederic Vasseur for this great opportunity. I will do my best to honour his confidence and to secure results which will match the team's excellence. I want to thank Gravity for its valuable help and support in the management of my career.

Esteban Gutierrez: I feel very happy to have come to an agreement with ART, to compete in this series. I will put all my effort and dedication to obtain the best possible results with a lot of enthusiasm. Valtteri Bottas: To be with ART Grand Prix and in the F3 Euro Series is a big step in my career and I'm very excited to be here with the best team! It will be my very first year in the series, it's a tough one and there are a lot of talents out there. I always want to be first but you have to be realistic and my aim will be to try to learn as much as I can, to try to win races and hopefully to be the best rookie of the year.

Frederic Vasseur: I am extremely pleased with our 2009 line-up because it is a mix of experience and youth in the F3 Euro Series. It is homogenous and in my opinion it is made up of some of the very best young talents of the moment. Our aim will be a double one this season: both titles, with Jules being the logical leader of the team, as well as a preparation of our new drivers for the best possible results in order for them to be potential winners in the latter part of the championship.

-credit: art

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Frederic Vasseur , Esteban Gutierrez , Adrien Tambay , Jules Bianchi , Valtteri Bottas
Teams ART Grand Prix