GP3 2014 teams and drivers
21st January 2014, 20:51 at 8:51 pm #244127
He was a fantastic kart driver so I don’t see why he should do worse in road courses. Let’s see.21st January 2014, 21:32 at 9:32 pm #244128
I was referring to his Indy Lights performances.22nd January 2014, 15:16 at 3:16 pm #244129
I know and you are right. But I still believe as a good Brazilian he should be okay in mixed courses.23rd January 2014, 14:50 at 2:50 pm #244130
The 2012 German F3 champ, who had a tough first year in GP3, will drive for Russian Time in that very series. Link here.23rd January 2014, 15:48 at 3:48 pm #244131
Surprised they didn’t rush to sign up someone like Orudzhev (a Russian racer who’s shown well in the Toyota Racing Series lately). This Eriksson kid doesn’t look like a great prospect, and Russian Time isn’t exactly short of money.23rd January 2014, 15:56 at 3:56 pm #244132
@jb001 Orudzhev has already been confirmed for a sophomore campaign in Eurocup FR2.0 with Tech1, and he’s probably odds on favourite to follow Pierre Gasly to the title (although the likes of Ignazio d’Agosto and Nyck de Vries, if he returns,might pose a threat).
GP3 would have been a bit much. Either way, RT look set to take Artem Markelov in their GP2 team, Markelov finished runner-up in German F3 last year. I’ll be glad if the German F3 champ Marvin Kirchhofer gets a GP3 seat with them, his Motopark links might help the same way it did for Eriksson, who, on the contrary, is not a pay driver.23rd January 2014, 16:41 at 4:41 pm #244133
So I see, fair enough then. I don’t really rate German F3 that highly at this point, it’s a redundant championship while European F3 is still running and the best drivers at that level are usually in the latter. There is the cost issue, which is why I brought up money – the European junior series in general could do with some streamlining.4th February 2014, 13:22 at 1:22 pm #244134
Swiss-Greek driver Alex Fontana switches to ART for a second full season in GP3. Fontana, a member of the Lotus junior team, drove for Jenzer last year, and managed to finish on the podium once in 2013.17th February 2014, 8:57 at 8:57 am #248928
Red Bull have appointed Jann Mardenborough to their driver development programme and placed him at Arden this year. Mardenborough was the 2011 PlayStation GT Academy winner.
Jann Mardenborough will compete in Formula One feeder series, GP3, in 2014 with the championship-winning Arden International team. The 2011 GT Academy winner also joins an intensive driver development programme with Infiniti Red Bull Racing, the most successful Formula One team of recent times.
In the last two seasons Mardenborough has competed and excelled in GT cars, Le Mans Prototypes and single-seaters, his most recent efforts earning him the runner-up spot in the New Zealand-based TRS single-seater championship. His podium finish at Le Mans in 2013 came two years to the day after he reached the final stages of GT Academy in 2011.
“I feel ready for GP3,” said Mardenborough. “I’ve prepared well and I have all the right people around me to help my development so I can fully focus on my racing. Formula 3 has taught me so many things, both in the car and out of the car, both mentally and physically. It was a great stage in my development and I’m sure the skills I’ve learnt there will help me in GP3 and beyond. I’m excited to work with Arden. My initial impressions of them are excellent; they have a lot of experience and great success over the years. I’m looking forward to working with my race engineer Sean (McGill).
“I haven’t raced the GP3 car yet,” he continued. “But going on initial testing, I prefer the GP3 car to an F3 car. The power is very addictive! This season is my opportunity to impress more people in the sport who make the decisions on who makes it into F1 and who doesn’t and I’m going to give it my best shot.”
Arden International was selected for its championship-winning pedigree. The team’s most recent success story is that of Russian racer Daniil Kyvat who won the GP3 title with Arden in 2013 and will now race in F1 with Toro Rosso in 2014.
A crucial element of GT Academy is Nissan’s driver development programme, which helps the winners switch from the virtual world of gaming to the reality of the race track. This is where Jann learnt his craft. He will now add on a bespoke development programme with Infiniti Red Bull Racing to push his talent as far as it will go.
“We’re delighted to welcome Jann onto our programme,” said Andy Damerum, Red Bull Racing’s driver development manager. “We have been tracking Nissan’s innovative approach to motorsport and in particular GT Academy that challenges the status quo of motorsport. The traditional route to F1 of karting and single-seaters is a tried and tested success but Nissan and PlayStation have gone down a very different road and started to find some very talented drivers who have been doing all their practicing on a games console. I’m very interested to see how Jann fares on our programme and in GP3 this season and I look forward to taking him under the Infiniti Red Bull Racing wing to further progress his career. ”
The mentor for the UK finalists of GT Academy 2011 was none other than Johnny Herbert, who has kept a close eye on Jann ever since.
“I have been mightily impressed with what Jann has achieved since winning GT Academy,” said Herbert. “For someone with Jann’s experience doing so well is very rare to see. Last year he raced in the European F3 series which is hell of a tough challenge during your first season; the fact that it was Jann’s first season in any kind of single-seaters is incredible. Whilst he has had a very successful first year in GT racing and he has now got an amazing result at Le Mans 24 Hours under his belt, he is competing against drivers that have grown up with seasons of karting and single-seater experience behind them.
His talent has not only impressed me, but has now got experienced figureheads in motorsport talking about what Jann, Nissan and GT Academy is achieving,” continued Herbert. “The world of motorsport is recognising that GT Academy is helping bring talented young blood into the sport. The success of Jann and other GT Academy winners is also inspiring a new legion of gaming and motorsport fans by giving them a new route to becoming a professional racing driver. The only question that remains unanswered is ‘Can a gamer make it all the way to F1?’”
“Jann’s progress is just the tip of the iceberg for the success of the graduates of GT Academy,” said Nissan’s Director of Global Motosport, Darren Cox. “Last year we took 41 podiums around the world including Le Mans, the Spa 24 hours and the Dubai 24 hours and won two championships in the GT-R Nismo. The innovation is now obvious to everyone who looks into the detail, however like most innovations this was not the case when we kicked the programme off six years ago. Nissan and Playstation have bought motorsport to a new generation of digital fans and now we are expanding even further geographically. Recent additions to our core markets of Europe, Russia and USA are India and the Middle East and more new markets will be announced in the coming weeks.”17th February 2014, 12:11 at 12:11 pm #248935
I hope he will do well – it definitely has a smell of ‘publicity stunt’ to it.17th February 2014, 14:35 at 2:35 pm #24893917th February 2014, 16:47 at 4:47 pm #248944
Mardenborough did well in the Toyota Racing Series recently (lost the title in the last race by a few points). So I don’t see it as a PR move.17th February 2014, 17:51 at 5:51 pm #248952
Right, so I have a favorite driver in GP3 now.18th February 2014, 9:07 at 9:07 am #248976
Maybe I should clarify my point: Mardenborough is definitely a good driver – maybe even a great driver, I wouldn’t be surprised – but there’s a voice in my head saying “would Red Bull have signed him if he didn’t have the gaming background?” I mean, his signing was big news in the UK. Besides, I had the same thoughts when they signed Beitske Visser, and look how that turned out.
Then again, I won’t jump to conclusions on how he will fare in GP3 – let’s just wait and see :)19th February 2014, 14:46 at 2:46 pm #249063
@andae23 I think Mardenborough’s a good driver, very fast, but he lacks anything else. It’s obvious with his gaming background that his wheelcraft is a bit suspect. But I wonder if he is going to be, as other people have put it, the first of a generation. Maybe he is, but I don’t think so, his kind have to go a long way before they can be the future of motorsport.
Mardenborough might have finished runner up in the Toyota Racing Series, but his dropped points were largely due to his own errors, while the likes of Egor Orudzhev, Martin Rump (both series rookies, while Mardenborough was a sophomore) and Steijn Schothorst, had outrageous misfortune, with several reliability problems.
And in Formula Three last year, he was rather hit and miss, and was the worst of Carlin’s drivers.
All this makes me think this is either a publicity stunt, or that Mardenborough brings a big wad of sous from Nissan. After all, Nissan = Infiniti = Renault = Red Bull..
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