Ralf Aron to switch to Hitech GP for sophomore season


Ralf Aron will race for Hitech GP in 2017 - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Ralf Aron will remain in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship for a second season after agreeing a switch to Hitech GP for 2017.

The Estonian was a race winner with Prema Powerteam in 2016 when he saw the chequered flag first at the Hungaroring, and the eighteen-year-old is hopeful of building on what he learned in his rookie season to propel him to more race victories in his sophomore year.

“I was pretty happy with my first season in F3,” said Aron. “Of course, like any season there are areas you can improve and would have liked to have done better but it is a strong championship and you need to be consistent everywhere you go.

“Hitech did a very strong job this year and I feel confident in them giving me the car to fight at the front throughout next season. I have felt at home from the moment I tested with them after Hockenheim, and we are all pushing for the same thing which is exactly what you want as a driver.”

Hitech GP team boss Oliver Oakes is hoping Aron can help build on the team’s rookie campaign, where George Russell and Ben Barnicoat both took two race victories, with the Estonian expected to be in championship contention.

“Ralf showed this season he can mix it with the experienced drivers and he produced some great results throughout the year,” said Oakes. “We kept an eye on his progress, as he was one to watch from F4 the year before, and were very impressed with everything we saw.

“To have Ralf onboard for 2017 is fantastic for the team and we’re confident he can mount a strong challenge for the championship.”