F3 and Formula Renault frontrunners headline GP3 test entry list
The GP3 Series has unveiled the entry list for the first day of its post-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit.
The 23-name list for Wednesday, the opening day of the three-day test, features several series regulars along with drivers from Formula 3, Formula 4 and Formula Renault 2.0 categories.
Championship-winning team ART Grand Prix will field its 2016 regular Nirei Fukuzumi alongside Formula Renault 2.0 frontrunner Max Defourny and F3 top-liner George Russell, who is heavily tipped to be joining GP3 with the French squad next year.
ART will also run Renault junior Jack Aitken, who finished fifth in his rookie GP3 season with Arden.
Trident, the only other team to have entered four cars for the test day, will run one of its current drivers in Ferrari protege Giuliano Alesi, who is staying with the team for next year.
It will also field F3 regular Ryan Tveter, GP3 podium finisher Arjun Maini and Brazilian F3's Pedro Cardoso, who had done post-season testing with Campos' GP3 outfit last year.
Arden will field Red Bull junior Niko Kari along with British F3 champion Matheus Leist and ex-Lotus F1 protege Dorian Boccolacci, of F3 and Formula Renault 2.0 fame.
SMP-backed Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will test for Koiranen on the heels of his rookie season in FR2.0, with British F3's Tarun Reddy and Pro Mazda runner-up Patricio O'Ward also named in the line-up.
Jenzer will enter FR2.0 regular Bruno Baptista, Italian F4 champion Marcos Siebert and European F3 race winner Alessio Lorandi, who saw out the GP3 campaign with the Swiss team.
Campos' Euroformula Open champion Leonardo Pulcini will test with the GP3 wing of the team, alongside FR2.0 driver Julien Falchero and British F4 frontrunner Petro Florescu.
Finally, DAMS will field its 2016 regular Santino Ferrucci, who is mentored by Haas, along with former BRDC F4 ace Raoul Hyman and Campos GP3 driver Steijn Schothorst.
Day 1 Line-up
|ART Grand Prix ||Jack Aitken|
|Arden International ||Dorian Boccolacci|
|Trident ||Giuliano Alesi|
|Koiranen GP||Patricio O'Ward|
|Jenzer Motorsport||Bruno Baptista|
|Campos Racing||Julien Falchero|
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|Drivers||Matheus Leist , Jack Aitken , Steijn Schothorst , Niko Kari , George Russell , Arjun Maini , Giuliano Alesi , Santino Ferrucci , Robert Shwartzman , Dorian Boccolacci , Julien Falchero , Alessio Lorandi , Ryan Tveter , Max Defourny , Raoul Hyman , Tarun Reddy , Patricio O'Ward , Bruno Baptista , Leonardo Pulcini , Nirei Fukuzumi , Marcos Siebert|