Since the team’s inception in 1988 DAMS have earnt the prestige as the leading team in all of the championships that they have raced in, particularly tasting success in the GP2 Series, Formula Renault 3.5 and the inaugural 2014/15 Formula E campaign – in which they won the constructors championship.
Having raced in GP3’s sister series GP2 since its inauguration in 2005, the French team will enter the support series category at the expense of FR3.5 – with GP3 being the more viable option for the team due to the practicality of logistics and financial costs.
Team founder Jean-Paul Driot: “I’m delighted to announce DAMS’ GP3 Series campaign; the project will certainly add another string to our bow. We’re familiar with the category, but fielding a brand new car and very young drivers naturally means starting from scratch, so we need to remain level-headed. Nevertheless, DAMS is ready to draw on its vast experience and meet the challenge head-on, so we have high hopes going into the championship.
Having claimed 15 victories in their 3.5 career, as well as two drivers (Kevin Magnussen and Carlos Sainz Jr) and two constructors (2013 and 2014) titles the decision to leave the championship would not have been an easy one for the Le Mans based team to make, but felt it was the best decision for the development of the team.
“Finally, I’d like to thank Renault and World Series’ organisers for the four seasons we’ve raced in Formula Renault 3.5. We’ve experienced some truly unforgettable moments, especially during our 2013 and 2014 title-winning campaigns, so those memories will always hold a special place in DAMS’ history.” added Driot.