Matthieu Vaxiviere to Replace Santino Ferrucci at DAMS


Matthieu Vaxiviere - Credit: Formula V8 3.5

Matthieu Vaxiviere is set to return to single-seaters this weekend as he fills the vacant DAMS seat for the GP3 Series team at the Hungaroring.

The Frenchman will replace American Santino Ferrucci who has stepped up to Formula 2 for the remainder of the season to fill the seat vacated by Sergio Canamasas.

Canamasas left the Trident team following the Azerbaijan round to join Rapax with Raffaele Marciello and Callum Ilott having filled in at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone.

Vaxiviere won the 2011 French F4 title and was a frontrunner in Formula Renault 3.5 alongside current Renault F1 development driver and DAMS F2 driver Oliver Rowland.

He dovetailed his single-seater campaigns with sportscar appearances before joining the World Endurance Championship LMP2 grid on a full-time basis with TDS Racing this year.

Vaxiviere will be joining Tatiana Calderon and Bruno Baptista in a DAMS team which has endured a difficult start to its second season in GP3.

The team is last in the teams’ standings with only three points to their name which Ferrucci claimed at the season opener back in May.

Round four of the GP3 Series gets underway at the Hungaroring this weekend with practice at 17.50 local time tomorrow, qualifying 9.45 Saturday morning with the Feature Race at 17.35 and the Sprint Race at 9.10 on Sunday morning.