Brundle is the first driver to be announced in Carlin's GP3 lineup for 2012 - Photo Credit: GP3 Media Service

Brundle is the first driver to be announced in Carlin's GP3 lineup for 2012 - Photo Credit: GP3 Media Service

Alex Brundle will make his GP3 Series debut this season, racing for the Carlin team.

The son of former F1 driver Martin Brundle raced in the FIA Formula Two Championship in 2011, finishing seventh overall and scoring three podiums and one pole position. He had previously raced in F2 in 2009, and competed in British F3 in 2010.

Brundle adds the GP3 programme alongside making his first steps in sportscars in 2012, contesting the European Le Mans Series in LMP2 and racing together with his father at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“I am thrilled to be competing in the GP3 Series in 2012,” said Brundle. “I was keen to move onto the F1 stage this year and I would like to thank the Carlin team for offering me a fantastic opportunity to do that.

“The GP3 Series also fits well with my commitments to Nissan in the European Le Mans Series allowing me to continue my development in single seater racing.  I would like to thank my sponsors GAC, Richard Mille and Liberty IU for their continued support which allows me to compete at this high level in international motorsport.

“The work we have done so far has already given me an understanding of why the Carlin team are so successful and I feel very confident for the season ahead.”

Team boss Trevor Carlin added: “We're delighted to welcome Alex to our team for the 2012 season.  GP3 is an extremely competitive series and a level playing field where driver talent can really make a difference. 

“Having seen Alex race early on in his career in British F3, I'm sure that he will be a great asset to Carlin.  Even at this early stage the team have been impressed with his maturity and work ethic and I'm sure we'll see some great racing from him this season.”