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Ryan Tveter moves into GP3 with Trident for 2017

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American racer Ryan Tveter will make his debut in the GP3 Series this year after being named as one of Trident’s full-season drivers.

Tveter, 22, began racing on the American junior single-seater ladder before moving across to Europe in 2013, where he has since competed in Formula Renault and, most recently, Formula 3.

Tveter will now make the switch to GP3 – two rungs below Formula 1 on the single-seater ladder in Europe – with Trident after testing for the team through pre-season, completing its four-man line-up for 2017.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be racing with Trident for the 2017 GP3 season, and I’m especially proud and grateful to be joining the KFC and Pertamina supported squads alongside Giuliano in GP3 and Sean [Gelael] and Norman [Nato] in Formula 2,” Tveter said.

“The chemistry with Trident has been great from the start and we’ve worked really well together since my first GP3 test in Abu Dhabi at the end of the season last year.

“With a strong preseason testing under our belts, I’m feeling happy, confident, and well prepared for Barcelona and the season ahead.

“Thanks again to Jagonya Ayam/KFC and Pertamina for the opportunity to represent such outstanding companies, and to Trident for their hard work and confidence.”

The new GP3 season begins next weekend in Barcelona, Spain.

Hamilton hails ‘greatest day’ after USGP victory, Mercedes title win

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Lewis Hamilton made no secret of his jubilation after taking a giant step towards his fourth Formula 1 championship win with victory in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix that also saw Mercedes clinch the constructors’ title.

Hamilton recovered from an early pass by F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to take his sixth victory on American soil, five of which have come at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, to extend his lead to 66 points.

With just 75 left on offer this season, Hamilton needs just one top-five finish in the final three races to clinch his fourth world title, with the enormity of the victory not being lost on the Mercedes driver.

“Today has been amazing. It’s been the greatest day,” Hamilton told NBCSN after the race.

“I woke up a bit tired, felt the rain, then was like, ‘What the hell?’ But I didn’t mind. I won here in the rain in the past. Then it dried up, clear blue skies, amazing opening at the beginning of the GP.

“I lost first place into Turn 1. It was OK. That first section, we got through there, and it felt very reminiscent of 2012: ‘Game on. You have to save the tires’, and he wasn’t doing that. I kind of kept my cool.”

“I saw I got a good exit of Turn 1, this was the lap and it was. His tires were dropping off anyway.”

Hamilton’s victory saw Mercedes wrap up its fourth consecutive F1 constructors’ title with three races to spare, with the Briton having played a key part in each of its successes.

“I’m so proud of this team. Big congratulations to the guys, people don’t know the amount of work they do,” Hamilton said.

“It’s over 1,500 people in two factories, so much brainpower and a lot of people to manage to extract the best from each of those.

“To come into a new era of car and perform as we have. There’s been a newfound love within the team. Ferrari, we want to beat them, thrash them.

“So they put more hours of working in to do that. That’s for all their hard work.”