Jenzer Motorsport have finalised their driver trio for this year’s GP3 Series, with Alex Fontana and Samin Gomez joining Patric Niederhauser at the Swiss squad.
Fontana’s place with the team was confirmed as the Lotus F1 Team announced him as one of seven members of its Junior Team programme for 2013.
The 20-year-old from Switzerland won the F3 Open title in 2011 and last year raced in the FIA Formula Two Championship, finishing seventh overall. He has previously made three appearances in GP3 with Jenzer. The first came at Spa-Francorchamps in 2011 when he finished sixth in race two. In 2012 he drove for the team at the Hungaroring and Spa, coming fourth in the second race in Belgium.
“I competed in a couple of races last year so I have had a good introduction to the championship already,” he said.
“This year the cars have changed slightly and will have a bit more power so it’s not going to be an easy transition, but my aim is to prove my ability over the course of the season and hopefully move on to the GP2 Series or World Series by Renault next year. If you want to get into Formula 1 – which is the ultimate target for any young driver in single-seater categories – then these are the ideal stepping stones to the top level.”
Meanwhile the team have finally confirmed Gomez’s graduation to the championship. The Venezuelan female racer finished seventh in Formula Abarth last year driving for Jenzer, taking two podiums. She ran with the squad in the mid-season test at Valencia in June and then again at Jerez and Estoril at the end of the year.