ART Grand Prix have today announced the arrival of 18-year-old Mexican driver Alfonso Celis Junior to their GP3 team for 2015.
Celis Jnr competed in GP3 last year with Status Grand Prix. The Mexican only picked up two points and finished the season 21st.
He also competed in the end of season Abu Dhabi test which is where he impressed bosses at ART with his ‘professional and personal behaviour as well as his overall results’.
Celis Jnr is keen to get started with ART and is confident he can fight for wins.
“I’m excited to finally announce that I will be racing with ART Grand Prix in the 2015 GP3 Series season,” said Celis Jnr. “This is something we have been working on for a long time and it all came together after I tested their car in Abu Dhabi.
“After meeting the team and driving their car I am confident that I will be at the forefront fighting for wins with them this year.
“This will be my second season in GP3, and it will make a huge difference for me as I will be familiar with the tracks, the tires, and the cars from the beginning of the season.”
Sébastien Phillipe believes that Celis Jnr has the potential to develop a great deal this year after his debut season.
Phillipe said: “Alfonso has a typical profile of a driver who can grow enormously in 2015.
“After his first GP3 season in 2014, he knows the series, the circuits and the car.
“Moreover, despite his young age he made his mark far from home and has blossomed in the European environment.
“Finally, the tests he conducted late last year in Abu Dhabi with ART were very encouraging with a top 6 finish on the last day with upward timing and technical progress.“