Status Grand Prix have confirmed the signing of Swiss-Greek driver Alex Fontana for the 2015 GP3 Series season.
22 year-old Fontana, who will be competing in his third GP3 season, has already amassed three podiums and more than 70 points when competing with Jenzer Motorsport and ART Grand Prix.
The youngster also won the European F3 Open championship in 2011 with two wins and seven podiums.
Fontana said he has always admired Status Grand Prix and is looking forward to working with the team in 2015.
“The 2015 season will be the third year in the GP3 Series for me,” said Fontana. “Therefore I needed a team where I could put all my experience to good use and have a nice environment to work in.”
He added: “For three years I’ve always seen with respect the men in black and green, with admiration for the cars of the same colours.
“I have learnt a lot and I’m ready to give my best to work and have a nice progression throughout the year.”
Fontana has also tried to play down his chances of challenging for the GP3 title. He claims that the team will ‘reach the level they deserve to reach’.
“This year, I won’t speak about reaching the top five, the podium or the title.
“This year I’m going to give everything I can to the team and work together in the best way, confident that we will reach what we deserve. GP3 is all about consistency and team work, that’s why my choice was Status Grand Prix.”
Team Principal Teddy Yip said the team was impressed by Fontana’s determination both on track and in his ability to obtain sponsorship.
“Alex joins us with a wealth of GP3 experience and determination to deliver results,” said Yip.
“We were immediately impressed by his positivity and tenacious approach to his racing career.”
Yip added: “In a difficult economic climate, Alex has amassed over 60 sponsors to support him.
“This determination and strength of character is inspiring and we look forward to helping him reach his full potential on track this season.”