Further junior announcements in GP3, FIA F3 for 2015


Following on from our article rounding up the driver announcements in a number of junior categories, there have been a couple of additional confirmations in the past couple of days.

In GP3, Australian driver Mitch Gilbert is set to return for a second season, moving up into a seat with Carlin alongside Ferrari junior Antonio Fuoco.

Gilbert (pictured) took part in seven of the nine rounds in GP3 last year, but failed to score a single point and only managed a best finish of 14th. However, he is more hopeful for the season ahead with Carlin, saying that he has a point to prove.

“The last two years haven’t been the best for me,” he admitted. “I always felt like it was right place wrong time, wrong place, right time; for some reason things just didn’t line up right.

“I feel like this is my chance to start afresh. There’s seriously unfinished business and this is the right time for things to come together in a positive way.”

The majority of the GP3 grid is still to be confirmed for 2015, but with the season not starting until May, there is still plenty of time for teams to announce their line-ups.

Following the FIA’s decision to introduce a points-based system for super licences required to race in F1, the FIA F3 European Championship has become a very attractive series for 2015.

Earlier this week, Ferrari confirmed that another of its junior drivers, Lance Stroll, would be competing in the championship for the coming year. He will be joined by former F2 racer Markus Pommer.

Pommer, 24, won last year’s German F3 championship by 147 points whilst also finishing third in the Auto GP series. In 2015, he will race alongside British youngster Sam MacLeod for the Motopark team in FIA F3.

Recent graduates from the FIA-backed championship include Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen, GP2’s Raffaele Marciello and Lotus junior Esteban Ocon.