Rossi signs for ART Grand Prix GP3 team
January 13, 2010
Alexander Rossi, the 18-year-old American who starred in Europe in 2009, winning in Formula Masters and running top six in his GP2 debut, has signed with GP2 Champions, ART Grand Prix, to race a full season of GP3 in 2010. GP3 is the new, GP2-promoted category that supports most European F1 races. ART’s record in German F3 and GP2 is nothing short of sensational. Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean are just some of the F1 stars who have raced for ART and its joint owners, Frederic Vasseur and Nicolas Todt. GP3, like GP2, feature Dallara chassis and Renault engines but run Pirelli tires rather than the Bridgestones of GP2. They are smaller than GP2 cars and develop around 280 bhp via a six-speed Hewland gearbox. Alexander’s team-mates at ART will be fellow Formula BMW graduate, Mexico’s Esteban Gutierrez, and Brazil’s Pedro Enrique, who raced Euro F3 in 2009.
"ART Grand Prix is a team that consistently has unparalleled performance in any championship in which they compete", Rossi commented. "When we chose to take a look at the inaugural season of the GP3 championship, ART was the team and program we were interested in. Nicolas Todt and I have been discussing my racing future for some time, and now we're finally able to work together. I'm thankful for the confidence that Nicolas and Frederic have in my abilities and look forward to getting to work at the first test in Paul Ricard."
The first round of the 2010 GP3 series will be held over the Spanish GP weekend in Barcelona on May 8/9.