Ferrari Formula 1 Academy member Giuliano Alesi will embark on a third successive season driving for the Trident team in GP3 this year.
Alesi, son of one-time F1 race winner Jean Alesi, won three races during the 2017 campaign, where he finished fifth in the points.
“I am extremely happy to remain on board with Trident for the 2018 GP3 Series,” Alesi, who joined the FDA in 2016, said.
“I worked so hard with the team and the Ferrari Driver Academy in the last few seasons. My goal is now to reward them with some absolutely excellent results. I feel ready for a high-profile season.”
Alesi won picked up wins at Silverstone, the Hungaroring and at Spa last season, with all three triumphs coming in reverse-grid events.
His haul of 99 points meant he finished the year as the top non-ART Grand Prix driver, as the French squad swept the top four places in the drivers’ championship.
Alesi ended up six points clear of his 2017 Trident teammate Dorian Boccolacci, who will race for GP3 new-comer MP Motorsport this year.
“We are absolutely delighted to announce the extended collaboration with Giuliano Alesi,” said Trident team owner Maurizio Salvadori.
“He has exquisite manners and he is an extremely professional driver with a brilliant future ahead.
“Our priority will be to support him with the utmost commitment and enable him to aim for the most ambitious goals.”
Alesi’s third season in GP3 will be his fourth year competing in cars after he finished fourth in French Formula 4 in 2015.
The 18-year-old is the first of Trident’s four-driver line-up for the 2018 season to be revealed.
2018 GP3 line-up so far:
|ART Grand Prix|| |
|Arden Motorsport|| |
|Campos Racing|| |
|MP Motorsport|| |
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