Why Jake Hughes chose GP3
Jake Hughes isn’t the only rising British star to decide to switch to GP3 this year. His Formula Renault rival Jack Aitken is joining too, and even took to Twitter when it came to deciding on his future.
Aitken polled his followers, asking whether he should opt for GP3 or FV8 3.5 – and it was GP3 that proved more popular.
“It was just a bit of fun, there were a lot of other factors in making the final decision,” says Aitken. “But it was interesting to see that GP3 came out on top anyway.
“It’s on the F1 programme and I was really surprised by the amount of reaction I had on social media when the press release went up. I think GP3’S following is a lot bigger than many people think.”
Aitken says the quality of the drivers announced for GP3 so far was a key factor in him choosing the series.
“It’s important to race against high quality drivers so that you keep improving,” he says. “There’s also a new car coming in, which is a bit of a leveller and gives a rookie a better chance of winning.
“There are a lot of Formula Renault drivers looking for a bit more of a step up than F3, and GP3 has become a really good option with Renault pulling out of 3.5.”
Aitken and Hughes aren’t the only Brits already confirmed as GP3 drivers this year. Matt Parry – who finished eighth in 2015 – will again drive for Koiranen, while Jake Dennis will be one of Aitken’s team-mates after making the switch from European F3.