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Campos Racing signs Julien Falchero in GP3 for 2017

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Campos Racing has announced that Julien Falchero will form part of its line-up for the 2017 GP3 Series season.

GP3 acts as the third-highest rung on the European single-seater ladder, being the direct feeder series to GP2 which in turn leads to Formula 1. The series was won by Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc in 2016.

Falchero is the third driver to be announced on the grid for 2017 following Guiliano Alesi and Kevin Jorg (both at Trident).

The Frenchman has previously raced in Formula Renault 2.0 series across Europe, and tested a GP3 car with the Campos team in Abu Dhabi last month.

“A new challenge in 2017 in GP3 Series with Campos Racing is an extraordinary opportunity,” Falchero said following the announcement.

“The tests in Abu Dhabi and the integration within the team in Valencia in Spain are a real treat for me.

“I’m going to prepare for the best physically this season 2017 and have as coach a great former French F1 driver, Jean-Pierre Jarier, who agreed to take care of me with the goal to occupy the first places on the grid.”

The 2017 GP3 season is expecting to begin in Barcelona, Spain in May.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”