F1 juniors spearhead DAMS GP3 line-up

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F1 juniors spearhead DAMS GP3 line-up
Valentin Khorounzhiy
By: Valentin Khorounzhiy
Feb 28, 2017, 8:36 AM

Sauber's new development driver Tatiana Calderon and Haas protege Santino Ferrucci will race for French outfit DAMS in GP3 in 2017.

Tatiana Calderon, Arden International
Santino Ferrucci, Haas F1 Team Development Driver
Santino Ferrucci, DAMS
Santino Ferrucci, DAMS
Bruno Baptista, DAMS
Tatiana Calderon, DAMS

Calderon and Ferrucci will both be sophomore drivers in the class of 2017, although while the American had contested his debut campaign with DAMS, Calderon had been racing for British outfit Arden.

The pair will be joined by 19-year-old rookie Bruno Baptista, a former Formula 4 Sudamericana champion who spent the past two years in Formula Renault 2.0 and tested GP3 machinery in the off-season with DAMS and Jenzer.

Last year's campaign marked the DAMS team's debut in GP3, the French squad placing fourth among the seven teams taking part in the series' first season with the Dallara GP3/16 car.

DAMS also recorded two wins, both courtesy of British driver Jake Hughes.

“2016 was our first year in GP3 and we achieved some very strong results, confirming our potential and improving throughout the season,” team owner Jean-Paul Driot said. “We are delighted to have such a strong line-up this year.”

Ferrucci, 18, joined GP3 out of Formula 3 last year and would finish 12th overall at the end of the season, claiming a maiden podium at Spa-Francorchamps.

Calderon, 23, likewise made a move from F3 to GP3 and was 21st in the drivers' standings, with points finishes at Hockenheim and Monza making her the highest-scoring female driver in GP3 history so far.

Said Driot: “Santino showed incredible pace during his first season and we gained vital experience that will see us regularly fight for wins this year.

“We have known Tatiana for some time and followed her progress throughout 2016. She’s very focused and dedicated, so we are confident of achieving some good results together.

“Bruno will be the rookie in the team, this will be a good chance for him to learn from the team’s experience. He performed very well in the test and I’m sure he will be competitive from the start.”

2017 GP3 driver line-up so far:

TeamDrivers
ART Grand Prix

 George Russell

 Nirei Fukuzumi

 Jack Aitken

 Anthoine Hubert

Arden International

 Niko Kari

 Steijn Schothorst

 Leonardo Pulcini

Trident

 Kevin Jorg

 Giuliano Alesi

DAMS

Santino Ferrucci

Tatiana Calderon

Bruno Baptista

Koiranen GP TBA
Jenzer Motorsport  Arjun Maini
Campos Racing  Julien Falchero

 

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Series GP3
Drivers Tatiana Calderon , Santino Ferrucci , Bruno Baptista
Teams DAMS
Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
Article type Breaking news