Mexico will have a representative on the 2014 GP3 Series grid when seventeen-year-old Alfonso Celis Jr lines up for Status Grand Prix. He joins British driver Nick Yelloly at the team.
Celis Jr tested for the team last month in Estoril and impressed them with his pace and maturity. He raced in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC series in 2013 in what was his first full season of single-seater racing. He finished on the podium in Zandvoort, and also raced in a few international Formula 3 events.
“I am really excited to be part of Status Grand Prix and to race in GP3,” said Celis Jr. “I am looking forward to continuing to improve as a driver and to show my skills. The car is definitely fast, and I am still adapting, but the transition was easier than I expected and with more time on track I am going to keep moving forwards.”
Teddy Yip Jr, the team Principal of Status Grand Prix, was happy to announce the Mexican’s arrival at the team.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Alfonso to the team after such a promising initial test,” said Yip Jr. “For a young driver he got to grips with the car and tyre very quickly and was immediately competitive. His application and willingness to learn is strong, and we look forward to working with him through the initial learning curve that will bring results as the season progresses.”
Celis Jr, Yelloly and New Zealander Richie Stanaway are testing for Status at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain this week in the latest GP3 pre-season test. The season starts on another Spanish track, the Circuit de Catalunya, next month.