Why Jake Hughes chose GP3

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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.

Aitken will drive for Ar­den

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