A WORD

By The1nsider 1 month ago

From Bruno Michel

The GP3 Series concluded at the Yas Marina Circuit last month following nine very successful seasons. Over the years, we witnessed some amazing racing and the crowning of nine worthy champions, from Esteban Gutiérrez in 2010 to Anthoine Hubert in 2018. Six of our Champions eventually graduated to Formula One – a true testimony of the quality of the field racing in the category. On top of that, a string of other drivers also moved up to race or test seats in F1 as well as racing in GP2 Series and Formula 2.

I am proud of what we have achieved through the years: when we conceived GP3, our aim was to create a clear path for the best young talent to push all the way to Formula 1. We provided them with three generations of reliable, powerful and safe cars that enabled them to demonstrate their abilities in front of the F1 paddock. Our cars have been the perfect teaching tool for the drivers to be able to immediately adapt to the next level.

We have raced on some of the most prestigious tracks around the world, from Europe to the Middle-East. We even went to Malaysia. It gave our drivers the opportunity to learn these famous circuits, adding one more string to their bow.

I would like to thank all of the teams who joined the grid throughout the years for their hard work and dedication, but also the drivers who were always fiercely competitive and provided our loyal fans with an exciting show. Finally, I would like to thank our partner and sole tyre supplier Pirelli who has closely worked with us since the inception of the category in order to make the GP3 tyres close to those used in the senior championships to start educating the drivers in tyre management – a vital skill in modern racing.

The GP3 Series has been a fantastic category, one that will be fondly remembered.

Bruno Michel

GP3 Series CEO

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  ISSUE 125 GP3
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