HitechGP has announced that Jake Hughes will be their third driver for their FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign in 2017. The British talent, who enjoyed his first taste of FIA Formula 3 at the season finale in Hockenheim in October this year, will race alongside Nikita Mazepin and Ralf Aron.
“I can’t wait for next season,” said Hughes, “I’m extremely happy to be racing with HitechGP in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in 2017, I’ve loved every minute in the car during testing and get on so well with all of the guys in the team, we all work really well together. I have always rated F3 highly – clearly, you get a lot of track time and also the opportunity to put yourself in front of a lot of influential people. For me, even though it’ll be my first full season in FIA F3, and you never stop learning, I have a good feel for the car and how competitive we could be. I will be up against several very strong second year drivers and championship-winning teams, but will do my utmost to be a contender.”
Hughes arrives from the GP3 Series where he scored two victories. At last year’s FIA Formula 3 European Championship final round in Hockenheim he impressed at the wheel of a Carlin car with two front row starts and one podium finish. And in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix the 22-year-old brought home an impressive sixth place. In his earlier career, he gained experiences in British BRDC Formula 4 and in Formula Renault 2.0. In BRDC Formula 4, his first year in single seater racing, he even became the inaugural champion of the category.
HitechGP’s team principal Oliver Oakes is pleased to have the young racing driver from Birmingham in his team, “He’s a driver who has impressed us, not just in his one-off appearances in F3 but also the job he has done in GP3 this year. Jake has fitted in really well with the team over the winter tests we’ve completed and I’m looking forward to us challenging for honours in 2017. He’s clearly a very capable, adaptable and quick young driver and will be one to watch for sure next season in FIA F3.”