Fontana, Zamparelli Join ART Grand Prix


ART switch is a "massive move" for Zamparelli (Credit: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic)

Swiss driver Alex Fontana and British-Italian driver Dino Zamparelli are the first two drivers to be confirmed at the ART Grand Prix GP3 team for the 2014 season.

Fontana will be competing in his second full season in the series and has left Jenzer Motorsport where he achieved a season high finish of third at Silverstone in 2013.  The Swiss driver is also part of the Lotus F1 young driver programme and got a taste of a 2011 Lotus F1 car at the end of last year.

“I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to work with a team that has topped the championship like ART Grand Prix and I believe that no other team can allow me to better develop my skills,” said Fontana to Autosport.

“My goal is to always be at the forefront and be consistent throughout the season, because it is a crucial factor for the overall championship results.”

Zamparelli moves from the Marussia Manor Racing team for his second season in GP3.  The 21-year-old scored points on eight occasions in 2013 in finishing 18th in the standings, but was excluded from the second Monza race for causing a first corner multi-car accident.

“Signing for ART Grand Prix is a massive move,” said Zamparelli. “I’m so excited to get to race for a team with so much history.

“In GP3 they’ve won four titles in a row so they are clearly getting something right.

“The aim is simple, to go and win as many races as possible and ultimately take the championship crown at the end of the year. With a team like ART and with my experience in GP3 last year, I feel we’ve got all the right ingredients to do that.”

Since the GP3 series was established, ART Grand Prix have won every team championship title, while they have also taken current F1 drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Valtteri Bottas to drivers’ titles.  The team must be aiming for five from five team titles, and a third drivers’ crown.