ART Grand Prix has signed 18-year-old Monegasque driver, Charles Leclerc to their GP3 Series squad where he will contest this year’s championship alongside Alexander Albon, Nyck de Vries and Nirei Fukuzumi.
Leclerc commented: “I am delighted to be joining the great ART Grand Prix family after my karting seasons in 2012 and 2013. GP3 is a very competitive series and I am onboard with the best team since the championship started.
“The tests late last year in Abu Dhabi went very well and I felt very comfortable in the team right from the start. The atmosphere here is good and everyone is working with just 1 goal in mind, victory. I’m excited about the new car they have prepared for this season and for the start of the championship. My objective is clearly to fight for the title.”
Having made the step up from karting to single seater racing just two years ago, in that time Leclerc has quickly made a name for himself. His debut season in single-seaters saw him race in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship in which he claimed second place.
Last year he moved into the FIA European Formula 3 Championship where he claimed four victories, thirteen podium finishes and three pole positions to finish fourth overall. He also raced in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix and crossed the line in second place.
Team manager Sebastien Philippe added: “ART Grand Prix is facing one of the biggest challenges in the company’s history: keeping the titles we won last season in both GP2 and GP3 in the team and driver categories.
“In GP3, Charles ideally complements our driver line up. His is a natural, his pure speed and racing intelligence are rare qualities in a driver of his age. We are very confident that Charles will flourish in ART Grand Prix and will quickly join in the fight for victories with the front runners.”