DAMS has signed Formula Renault graduates Jake Hughes and Kevin Jorg as well as Formula 3 convert Santino Ferrucci for its inaugural GP3 campaign.
Hughes and Jorg tested extensively and close to the front in both Formula V8 3.5 and GP3 at the end of 2015 and have followed Jack Aitken in securing deals to race in the latter.
Hughes joins the French squad after being one of the drivers DAMS evaluated in Abu Dhabi in cooperation with outgoing team Status. The 21-year-old Briton, who finished sixth in Eurocup Formula Renault and second in the Alps category last year, had also run with Koiranen and Arden.
?It?s an honour to be working with a team as fantastic as DAMS, who have a track record of doing well with new challenges,? said Hughes, the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion.
?I tested a GP3 car for the first time in Abu Dhabi last year and I immediately got on with both the tyres ? which I know can be a challenge ? and the car as a whole, so that makes me confident of a good year.?
Swiss driver Jorg didn?t try out with DAMS in the test, instead working with Arden and Trident.
?Obviously we?re all new to GP3, and there are always a lot of strong drivers in this series, but I?m confident that with DAMS we can achieve some good results,? said the 20-year-old, who was third in Eurocup and second in NEC in his third year in Formula Renault in 2015.
?I was quick in the Abu Dhabi test last year ? twice coming second fastest ? and adapted to the car pretty quickly. Tyre management is key in GP3, and I?m sure we?ll focus on this during pre-season testing.?
American Ferrucci worked with DAMS over two days in his debut GP3 test, and joins the category after the best part of two seasons in European Formula 3, finishing 11th in the 2015 standings.
?I?m really looking forward to working with DAMS, who have always been front-runners in everything they?ve done,? said the 17-year-old.
?It was really fun to test the car in Abu Dhabi last year ahead of what is both of our rookie years in GP3. The strategy looks like it could take some getting used to, but the team are really professional and I can?t wait to see what we can achieve together.?
GP3 2016 line-up so far
|ART Grand Prix|
|Arden International||Jake Dennis, Jack Aitken|
|Koiranen GP||Matevos Isaakyan, Matt Parry|
|Campos Racing||Alex Palou, Konstantin Tereshechenko, Steijn Schothorst|
|DAMS||Santino Ferrucci, Jake Hughes, Kevin Jorg|