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The GP3 Series, or GP3 for short, is a single seater motor racing series launched in 2010 as a feeder series for the GP2 Series, introduced by GP2 organiser Bruno Michel.

GP3 follows the entire European leg of the Formula One series and the GP2 series as a support race for the two. In 2012, the series visited the Monaco street circuit after 2 years of attempts, as they were always unable to beforehand due to lack of room. Like the GP2 series, GP3 gives drivers the experience of the Grand Prix environment, and takes advantage of the infrastructure, such as marshals and medical facilities, in place for the Formula One events.

Many drivers have since stepped up to GP2 since the series began, with the 2010 champion Esteban Gutiérrez, Pål Varhaug and ninth place finisher Stefano Coletti being the first to do so for the 2011 season. 2011 champion Valtteri Bottas did not follow suit however, and instead joined Williams F1 as a reserve driver. Meanwhile James Calado, Rio Haryanto, Simon Trummer, Tom Dillmann and Nigel Melker all joined GP2 for the 2012. Other drivers who have graduated to other series are James Jakes who moved to the IndyCar Series for 2011, Josef Newgarden to the Indy Lights series in 2011 and Alexander Rossi and Robert Wickens who moved to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2011 and Lewis Williamson in 2012.

In the series' short history, six drivers have gone on to compete, or are competing in Formula One currently after GP3. These include former champions Gutiérrez and Bottas for Sauber and Williams respectively, Jean-Éric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat for Toro Rosso.

ChampionsEdit

Season Champion Second Third Team Champion
2010 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez (ART Grand Prix) Canada Robert Wickens (Status Grand Prix) Switzerland Nico Müller (Jenzer Motorsport) France ART Grand Prix
2011 Finland Valtteri Bottas (Lotus ART) United Kingdom James Calado (Lotus ART) Netherlands Nigel Melker (RSC Mücke Motorsport) France Lotus ART
2012 New Zealand Mitch Evans (MW Arden) Germany Daniel Abt (Lotus GP) Portugal António Félix da Costa (Carlin) France Lotus GP
2013 Russia Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) Argentina Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) United States Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) France ART Grand Prix
2014 United Kingdom Alex Lynn (Carlin) United Kingdom Dean Stoneman (Koiranen GP)* Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer (ART Grand Prix) United Kingdom Carlin
2015 France Esteban Ocon (ART Grand Prix) Italy Luca Ghiotto (Trident) Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer (ART Grand Prix) France ART Grand Prix

Drivers graduated to GP2Edit

Driver GP3 Seasons Starts Wins Podiums GP2 Seasons Starts Wins Podiums
Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 2010 16 5 9 2011-2012 44 4 8
Norway Pål Varhaug 2010, 2014 34 1 1 2011, 2013 22 0 0
Monaco Stefano Coletti 2010 14 0 2 2009, 2011-2014 88 7 15
United Kingdom James Jakes 2010 12 0 3 2009-2011 2 0 0
United Kingdom James Calado 2011 16 1 6 2012-2013 46 4 14
Indonesia Rio Haryanto 2010–2011 32 3 7 2012–2014 66 0 2
Italy Vittorio Ghirelli 2010-2011 28 0 0 2013 10 0 0
Argentina Facu Regalia 2012-2013 20 1 2 2014 8 0 0
Cyprus Tio Ellinas 2012-2013 32 3 4 2014 8 0 0
United Kingdom Alex Lynn 2014 18 3 8 2015 0 0 0

NotesEdit

  • Coletti and Jakes have both raced in GP3 after racing in GP2 beforehand.
  • Gutiérrez, Calado, Dillmann, Coletti, Haryanto, Melker, Trummer and Ceccon all participated in the 2 race 2011 GP2 Final.

Drivers graduated to F1Edit

Driver GP3 Seasons Starts Wins Podiums GP2 Seasons Starts Wins Podiums
Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 2010 17 5 9 2013-2014 38 0 0
Finland Valtteri Bottas 2011 16 4 7 2013-2015 38 0 6
France Jean-Éric Vergne 2010 16 5 9 2012-2014 58 0 0
Russia Daniil Kvyat 2013 14 2 4 2014-2015 19 0 0
Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 2013 16 0 2 2015 0 0 0
Spain Roberto Merhi 2010 12 0 3 2015 0 0 0

Drivers who have raced in all three seriesEdit

Driver GP3 Seasons GP2 Seasons F1 Seasons
Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 2010 2011-2012 2013-2015

NotesEdit

  • Gutierrez remains the only driver to have achieved this feat. Alexander Rossi very nearly became the second after originally being selected to drive for Marussia at the 2014 Belgian GP, but that decision was ultimately reversed.

Female driversEdit

Driver GP3 Seasons Starts Wins Podiums
Italy Vicky Piria 2012 16 0 0
United Kingdom Alice Powell 2012-2013 18 0 0
Venezuela Samin Gómez 2013 16 0 0
Netherlands Beitske Visser 2014 2 0 0
Spain Carmen Jordá 2012-2014 44 0 0

NotesEdit

  • Powell's 8th place at the Monza sprint race in 2012 is the first and only points finish for a woman.
  • Jorda has the most starts for a woman, and the most starts of any driver without a single point.

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