Hughes seals GP3 return with ART

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Hughes seals GP3 return with ART
By: Alex Kalinauckas
Jan 16, 2018, 2:23 PM

Jake Hughes will return to the GP3 series for 2018 and will race for category powerhouse ART Grand Prix.

Jake Hughes, ART Grand Prix
Jake Hughes, Hitech Grand Prix, Dallara F317 - Mercedes-Benz
Jake Hughes, Hitech Grand Prix, Dallara F317 - Mercedes-Benz
 Jake Hughes, ART Grand Prix
Jake Hughes, ART Grand Prix
Jake Hughes, ART Grand Prix
 Jake Hughes, ART Grand Prix
Press Conference, Jake Hughes, Hitech Grand Prix, Dallara F317 - Mercedes-Benz

The 23-year-old competed in the Formula 3 European championship in 2017, finishing fifth in the standings with one win and two poles for HitechGP.

He raced in GP3 with the DAMS squad the year before where he scored two wins, which turned out to be the French squad’s only successes in the category before it pulled out at the end of 2017.

“I’m very proud and excited to be joining a team as successful as ART Grand Prix for a crack at GP3,” said Hughes.

“The team’s performances in the series, over the last few years especially, have been extremely impressive.

“So, when the opportunity came about to be able to be jump in one of their cars for 2018 it was impossible to say no.

“I tested for three days with everyone in Abu Dhabi and felt immediately confident in and out of the car.

“The aim is clear when racing for a team like ART, so I cannot wait to get down to the workshop and get going.”

ART has won seven out of the eight GP3 teams’ championships that have taken place since the third-tier category was launched in 2010.

In 2017, the French squad secured a 1-2-3-4 in the drivers’ standings, which were headed by Mercedes Formula 1 junior driver – and 2014 BRDC Formula 4 champion, one year after Hughes won that series – George Russell.

“ART Grand Prix has followed Jake's progress for several years and he has continued to impress us,” said team president Sebastien Philippe.

“Last year, he was the spearhead of Hitech in F3, with whom we have been collaborating for several years, and we are happy to give him a second chance in GP3.

“Jake is a great talent that only wants to express himself fully and ART Grand Prix can rely on him to help the team retain its titles.”

2018 GP3 line-up so far:

Team Drivers
ART Grand Prix

Callum Ilott

Nikita Mazepin

Jake Hughes

Campos Racing Simo Laaksonen
MP Motorsport Niko Kari

 

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Series FIA F3
Drivers Jake Hughes
Teams ART Grand Prix
Author Alex Kalinauckas