2017 Spanish F3 champion Devlin DeFrancesco will compete in the remaining seven rounds of the 2018 GP3 season for MP Motorsport, starting with this weekend’s Austrian round.
The Italian-Canadian racer will move his focus across from the FIA F3 championship to take the seat at MP Motorsport that has been kept warm by both Will Palmer (Barcelona) and the impressive Christian Lundgaard (Paul Ricard) during the opening rounds.
“I was originally asked to race GP3 last year by a few teams and asked if I would consider a few one off races this year” DeFrancesco commented to the official GP3 website.
“It will be tough never having tested the car before but I’m super excited and up for the challenge. My first impressions of MP are very positive, they seem a great bunch of guys and definitely work hard, nobody is more excited to start than I am”.
With GP3 and F3 becoming one series in 2019, DeFrancesco also commented that the switch to GP3 seemed the best option for the future. The cars are expected to follow the lead of this year’s GP3 development path.
Despite his young age, DeFrancesco will be kept busy by continuing to compete in several FIA F3 Championship weekends for the remainder of this season.
“I’m fortunate I’m part of Carlin also and on some of the free weekends, I’ll race FIA for additional track time” he added.
MP Motorsport Team Manager Sander Dorsman had his say on DeFrancesco joining the team to the Official GP3 website:
“We are happy to welcome Devlin in our team. His progress in British F4 and Euroformula Open was exciting to watch and I’m sure that with us he will deliver on that promise. As a team, we will be there to help him get on with his first GP3 race weekend, and I’m convinced he will transform the experienced into an ever-improving GP3 debut season.”
DeFrancesco will make his debut this weekend alongside team-mates Dorian Boccolacci and Niko Kari, with all three drivers being required to pick the Dutch squad up from a promising weekend that, ultimately led to nothing after Boccolacci and Kari were both disqualified from first and fifth respectively in Saturday’s Feature race and neither driver could make the points from the back of the grid in Sunday’s Sprint race.