Dec 15

GP3: ART Grand Prix is pleased to reveal the identity of another one of their 2018 drivers, Nikita Mazepin

Nikita Mazepin joins ART Grand Prix in 2018

Nikita Mazepin joins ART Grand Prix in 2018

The young Russian driver began his career with several years of karting, which culminated in a second place in the famous CIK-FIA KF category, in France in 2014, finishing behind McLaren’s rising star, Lando Norris, and just ahead of his new teammate, Callum Ilott.

At just 18 years of age, Nikita already has a great wealth of racing experience with four years of competition in various championships, including MRF Challenge in 2014 and a rise in Formula Renault 2.0, Toyota Racing Series and Formula 3 with the HitechGP team.

In 2016, Nikita’s efforts were rewarded with two days testing Formula 1 with the Sahara Force India team, during which he quickly and efficiently adapted, finishing 5th overall at the end of the two days, out of 17 drivers that were present for the test.

Two weeks ago, Nikita took part in the Abu Dhabi GP3 Series offseason test with the ART Grand Prix team. Once again, his adaptation and progression were remarkable, the young Muscovite finishing in the top three at the end of the two days.

Nikita Mazepin:

“I am really happy to make the step up to GP3 with ART for 2018. I have enjoyed my last 2 seasons in Formula 3 where I have improved a lot as a driver and the second part of this year was very positive. The recent GP3 test with ART in Abu Dhabi went really well and I immediately felt comfortable and trusted in the ART Team. I am really looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together in 2018.”

Sébastien Philippe:

“Giving Nikita a steering wheel in the GP3 Series is the logical continuation of our partnership, which started on an excellent basis in Abu Dhabi. In addition, ART Grand Prix has had a good relationship with Hitech for several years, and this collaboration with Nikita is the culmination of the work they carried out together. Nikita has given us a glimpse of his personal nature and his qualities as a racing driver and I am sure he can be an integral part in our fight for an 8th team title.”

source: ART Grand Prix, art-grandprix.com