Status GP confirm Robert Wickens

Status GP confirm Robert Wickens

Status GP confirm Robert Wickens

Robert Wickens targets GP3 Series title with Status Grand Prix.

Rising Canadian star Robert Wickens has set his sights on becoming the first GP3 Series champion after signing to compete in this year’s series with Status Grand Prix.

Wickens, 21, from Ontario, will compete in the full 16-race Formula One™ support series during  his  third  season  racing  in  Europe,  and  running  under  the  gaze  of  F1’s  decision makers  was  a  crucial  factor  in  Wickens  choosing  GP3  as  he  moves  towards  his  goal  of securing a Formula One™ drive.

"GP3 is a very good fit for me because we're at F1 Grands Prix and it'll be a great way to highlight  myself  and  show  I'm  ready  to  step  to F1  in  2011,” said  Wickens,  who  last  year finished runner-up in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

Wickens drove with Status GP in the inaugural series test at Paul Ricard HTTT with the 280hp Renault-powered Dallara earlier this month, and confirmed that it was the right way to  go  for  him  and  his  sponsors,  which  include  Canadian  surf  and  skateboard  clothing manufacturer Sitka.

 "Having driven the GP3 car with Status it made me even more eager to find the necessary funding to participate,” said Wickens. “It's been a big effort by many people in Canada, and I'm also very grateful to Status GP for showing faith in me. Together we're targeting nothing less than the championship.”

The move sees him re-united with Silverstone-based Status GP, which ran Wickens in the A1  Team Canada  entry  during  the  2007-08  A1GP  World  Cup  of  Motorsport,  when  he became the series’ youngest ever winner on the Durban street circuit.

"It's great to be reunited with the Status GP team,” added Wickens. “It's nice to see familiar faces from Team Canada - we've won together before and we can repeat that success.”

Status GP team manager Simon Cayzer said: “The GP3 Series is a great stepping stone for Robert, and to have him in the team again is a boost for everyone. It’s going to be a very competitive series, but we know just how talented Robert is and he’ll be a contender from the start to finish.”

Wickens  joins  Russian  driver  Ivan  Lukashevich  in  Status  GP’s  driver  line-up  for  the  new GP3  Series,  and  they  will  again  be  joined  by  GMH  Motorsport’s  Lebanese  driver  Daniel Morad to complete the three-car team for the second official two-day test at Paul Ricard this week.

- Status GP media -

 

Article published on Tue, 30 Mar 2010, 18:55

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