Rising British star Alexander Sims has joined Status Grand Prix for his debut season in the GP3 Series.

Sims joins Status GP after racing in the Formula 3 Euro Series for the previous two seasons. The 22-year-old is a member of the Gravity Sport Management programme, and the winner of the 2008 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

Sims tested for Status GP at the end of last season at Jerez, where he was amongst the fastest drivers. He is pleased to be joining the team, who finished second in the drivers' and teams' championships in the inaugural season of GP3 in 2010.

I am thrilled to be racing in the GP3 Series with Status Grand Prix,” he said. “Although I only spent one day testing with them, it was immediately clear that they are an extremely professional and ambitious team, and I’m really looking forward to working with them. They had a fantastic first season in GP3 and I will be working hard to give them reason to celebrate again in 2011.”

Status Team Principal Teddy Yip is pleased to have Sims amongst the team's drivers. We are delighted that Status Grand Prix has the opportunity to work with people of the calibre of Alexander and Gravity Sport Management,” said Yip. “Having finished second in last year’s GP3 championship, every effort is being made to again battle for the title. Having top drivers such as Alexander in the team is a crucial part of that. He will fit in very well.”

Team Manager Simon Cayzer added that the team are confident that Sims can challenge for the title. “During Alexander’s test with us he impressed immediately,” said Cayzer. “He knows what he wants technically from a car to make it fast, and as a driver is confident, consistent and quick. We have every confidence that he can win the GP3 championship.”

Status will announce further news regarding its GP3 driver lineup in the coming weeks.