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Nyck de Vries gets ART GP3 drive for 2016

by Peter Allen
Nyck de Vries

Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service

Nyck de Vries will switch to the GP3 Series for 2016, driving for ART Grand Prix.

The McLaren-supported Dutchman moves from Formula Renault 3.5, where he finished third in the standings and won the season finale in his rookie season after stepping up as a double Formula Renault 2.0 champion.

His 2015 team DAMS has also moved across to GP3 for this season but it is for multiple series champions ART that de Vries will drive.

He spent one day testing the previous-generation GP3 car with the team in Abu Dhabi last December.

“Obviously, I?m very proud to join this team, which I have known for a few years now,” he said.

“GP2 and GP3 are definitively the most competitive series, where most of the drivers want to go and the best school to get prepared for the highest level of motorsport, Formula 1. I?m used to a different brake and tyre package, and I think the biggest challenge for me will be to make sure I get the most out of the tyres in qualifying and in race trim.

“I am confident that working with the best team, thanks to McLaren, will help me to quickly adapt to the car to get ready for the first race in Barcelona.

“I already know ART Grand Prix, there?s a great atmosphere in the team and I?m looking forward to the start of the season.?

Team manager Sebastien Philippe said: “Alongside his raw speed, Nyck impresses with his strong commitment, focus and determination.

“When you take a look at his fantastic past achievements, you know that, with Nyck, you can aim very high and our target is clearly to win the championship.?

De Vries is the second driver confirmed as part of ART’s GP3 line-up for 2016, joining Honda-backed newcomer Nirei Fukuzumi.

Charles Leclerc is expected to also race for the team once his anticipated arrival to the Ferrari Driver Academy is announced, with fellow Formula 3 convert Alex Albon tipped for the fourth ART seat.

GP3 2016 line-up so far
Team Drivers
ART Grand Prix Nirei Fukuzumi, Nyck de Vries
Trident Antonio Fuoco, Artur Janosz, Sandy Stuvik, Giuliano Alesi
Arden International Jake Dennis, Jack Aitken, Tatiana Calderon
Koiranen GP Matevos Isaakyan, Matt Parry
Jenzer Motorsport
Campos Racing Alex Palou, Konstantin Tereshechenko, Steijn Schothorst
DAMS Santino Ferrucci, Jake Hughes, Kevin Jorg