The Trident Racing logo will be found in both the GP2 and GP3 paddocks from next season - Photo Credit: GP2 Media Service

The Trident Racing logo will be found in both the GP2 and GP3 paddocks from next season - Photo Credit: GP2 Media Service

Trident Racing will join the GP3 Series grid next season after an agreement with the Addax Team to take over the Spanish squad's entry in the feeder series.

The Italian team have raced in GP2 since 2006, and won three times in 2011 with driver Stefano Coletti.

Addax meanwhile have struggled to match the success of their own GP2 programme during the first two years so far of GP3. While they won the GP2 teams' title in 2011, their GP3 team has finished eighth in the final standings in both years and is yet to win a race.

The two teams will ensure a smooth transition period by collaborating through the post-season tests, before Trident take full control at the start of 2012.

“The arrival of Trident Racing in GP3 represents a really important part of a much wider program which started in 2011 with a revamp in our technical compartment,” said Trident owner Maurizio Salvadori.

“This season we cruised to three wins and it's been a positive one despite the tough break suffered with Stefano Coletti's injury at Spa-Francorchamps. I've always believed in the possibilities of a developmental path between GP3 and GP2, and when the right opportunity came, with the chance to progressively take over Addax, I decided to go for it.”

Salvadori's counterpart at Addax Alejandro Agag added: “Addax Team is pleased with this agreement with Trident, that will allow us to focus on our core activity of GP2. We think this will allow our team to be more competitive in the feeder series to F1. We have gained very important experience in GP3, and we wish Trident the best in this new challenge for them.”