New Zealander Richie Stanaway has secured the final seat for the Status Grand Prix team for the upcoming GP3 Series season. He joins Nick Yelloly and Alfonso Celis Jr in the team, having come back from career threatening back injuries suffered in a crash in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Spa-Francorchamps in 2012.
He tested for the team in all three pre-season tests at Estoril, Jerez and Barcelona, and is happy to be returning to single-seater racing. He will dovetail his GP3 campaign with a full season racing for Aston Martin Racing in GT racing. He previously raced in GP3 for 2 events back in 2011 for the Lotus ART team.
“I am extremely grateful to Gravity Sport Management, Aston Martin Racing and Status GP for this opportunity,” said Stanaway. “For my single-seater career, I always hoped my injury was a bump in the road, not the end of the road.
“Branching into GT’s last year was an important step for me, and I’m very happy to be staying with Aston Martin in a parallel programme, but I am also extremely grateful to have another opportunity on the single-seater ladder. And the GP3 Series is an ideal place for me to have that.
“The GP3 testing has gone well. To date we have not yet shown the full potential of me and the #27 Status GP car over a single lap, but the build up has been effective and I have learned a huge amount about what’s required to succeed in GP3.”
Status Grand Prix team manager Teddy Yip Jr is very happy to have Stanaway completing his 2014 line-up.
“Richie is a real talent whose progress we always followed through the ranks, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to race with him now,” said Yip Jr. “He complements Nick and Alfonso perfectly in the team. Like us all, Richie is hungry for success, and has fitted in extremely well. We’d like to thank Aston Martin Racing and Gravity Sport Management for making this possible, and we look forward to a successful season.”