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GP3 Signings

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted January 21, 2011 at 11:57 am GP3, Signing

The GP3 Series has made a few driver announcements heading into its second season. Without further ado…

Pedro Henrique Nunes-Lotus/ART: Nunes confirmed a return to GP3 with ART in early December. The 22-year-old Brazilian struggled with consistency in 2010, but produced three top-10 finishes: Cataluyna, 6th; Hockenheim, 6th; and Spa-Francorchamps, 7th.  His finish at Spa really stood out, illustrating his potential, as he drove from 29th to 7th. His familiarity with the team and the car should help his stats in 2011.

Aaro Vainio-Tech 1 Racing: Vainio will be one of the top newcomers to watch this season. The 17-year-old Finnish driver has a tremendous karting resume and produced some very solid results (2 poles, 5 podiums) in Formula Renault 2.0 last season en route to fourth-place in the drivers’ championship. This will be a big jump, but I fully expect Vainio to make a splash by the end of the season as he adapts to the GP3 car.

Alexander Sims-Status GP: Sims, a talented 22-year-old British driver, will make the jump to GP3 for 2011 after spending the last two years developing his craft in the F3 Euro Series. Sims has truly diversified his experience by competing in various karting classes and cars over the past several seasons, which should aid his ability to adapt to a GP3 car. He finished fourth in the F3 Euro Series last season with one win (Paul Ricard) and five podiums. Status has proven itself as a top team in GP3 and Sims was very quick while testing for the team at Jerez. This should be a combination to watch in 2011.

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