Leclerc graduates to GP3 with ART
Charles Leclerc will compete in the GP3 Series with ART Grand Prix this year, completing the team's line-up for the 2016 season.
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The Monegasque driver last year raced in the European Formula 3 championship, finishing fourth overall. He picked up four wins and 13 podiums along with rookie class honours.
Upon the announcement, Leclerc said: “I am delighted to be joining the great ART Grand Prix family after my karting seasons in 2012 and 2013."
"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," he added.
"The atmosphere here is good and everyone is working with just one goal in mind, victory.
"I'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.”
The 18-year-old had tested with ART in the December test, ending at the top of the timesheets.
ART team manager Sebastien Philippe welcomed Leclerc's arrival: “ART Grand Prix is facing one of the biggest challenges in the company's history keeping the titles we won last season in both GP2 and GP3 in the team and driver categories.
"In GP3, Charles ideally complements our driver line up. His is a natural, his pure speed and racing intelligence are rare qualities in a driver of his age.
"We are very confident that Charles will flourish in ART Grand Prix and will quickly join in the fight for victories with the front runners.”
Leclerc joins the already announced line-up of Nirei Fukuzumi, Nyck de Vries and Alexander Albon at ART for the forthcoming season.
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