Jan 18

2017’s GP3 top 3 make Formula 2 step

Russell, Aitken and Fukuzumi confirmed on 2018 grid

The top three drivers in the 2017 GP3 Series have all earned steps up to Formula 2 for 2018, underlining the strength of Formula 1’s feeder categories in providing opportunities to talented young drivers.

2017 GP3 Series champion George Russell will join F2’s ranks for 2018, remaining with ART Grand Prix and continuing as team-mate to GP3 runner-up Jack Aitken, who makes a similar step with the French team.

Between them, the British duo secured five victories over the course of 2017, and will certainly be hoping to sustain a repeat of that form in F2 in order to edge closer to the ultimate goal of Formula 1. Both drivers have links to F1 teams – Russell is a Mercedes junior driver, while Aitken is part of the Renault Sport Academy, and both will be eager to impress from the very first tests in Le Castellet, France.

ART team Principal Sébastien Philippe was delighted to renew the squad’s relationship with both drivers, saying: “[We] had a very enjoyable and fruitful year with George in GP3, both sporting and personal, so it was only natural that we renewed our partnership for Formula 2, hand in hand with Mercedes-Benz, where George is one of their young drivers.

The complete article here on GP3Series.com

source: GP3Series.com