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De Vries and Albon to test for ART in GP3 on Thursday

by Peter Allen

Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service

Formula Renault 3.5 race-winner Nyck de Vries?and European Formula 3 frontrunner Alex Albon will join the GP3 post-season test in Abu Dhabi on Thursday with champions ART Grand Prix.

McLaren-backed de Vries, who finished third in FR3.5 this year, and Lotus F1 junior Albon, seventh in F3, will join Honda-supported?Nirei Fukuzumi at the French squad.

ART topped the times on Wednesday with Charles Leclerc but although the Monegasque driver is expected to race for the team next year, he will run for Arden on day two of the test.

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion Jack Aitken?will also move over to Arden, an outfit he has tested for in F3.5V8 recently.

BRDC Formula 4 champions Jake Hughes and Will Palmer will undergo evaluations for series newcomers DAMS behind the wheel of Status Grand Prix cars.

Matt Parry moves back from Trident to Koiranen, with Nabil Jeffri also arriving at the team from ART.

Parry’s place at Trident alongside Antonio Fuoco and Kevin Jorg will be taken by Steijn Schothorst, who is replaced at Campos by Konstantin Tereshchenko stepping back down from a day with the GP2 arm.

Giuliano Alesi switches from Arden to Jenzer while one final addition is some-time FR2.0 driver Rahul Raj Mayer testing with Campos.

Thursday GP3 test entry list
Team Drivers
ART Grand Prix 4. Nirei Fukuzumi 5. Nyck de Vries 6. Alex Albon
Status Grand Prix (DAMS) 7. Tatiana Calderon 8. Will Palmer 9. Jake Hughes
Koiranen GP 10. Matevos Isaakyan 11. Nabil Jeffri 12. Matt Parry
Arden International 14. Jake Dennis 15. Charles Leclerc 16. Jack Aitken
Jenzer Motorsport 20. Leonardo Pulcini 21. Giuliano Alesi 22. Antoni Ptak
Campos Racing 23. Konstantin Tereshchenko 24. Rahul Raj Mayer 25. Mahaveer Raghunathan
Trident 26. Kevin Jorg 27. Antonio Fuoco 28. Steijn Schothorst