BRITS TARGET HOME GLORY
There will be no shortage of British GP3 drivers for fans to cheer on home soil this weekend. Five Brits will be taking part in the F1 support races: Jake Hughes (DAMS), Jack Aitken, Jake Dennis (both Arden), Matt Parry (Koiranen) and Anglo-thai racer Alexander Albon (ART).
But with just two weekends of racing so far this season, it’s difficult to gauge who has the best chance of home glory. GP3 rookie Hughes’ 2016 got off to a brilliant start with pole for the opening round at Barcelona. But he lost out at the start of the race and had to settle for second.
He suffered more disappointment in Austria last weekend after a collision with Parry at Turn 1.
Of the quintet, Albon is the only one who has already notched up a victory this year, with the ART driver triumphing in the second Spanish race – launching from third to first at the opening corner.
Meanwhile Parry, will be looking to improve on the third he achieved at Silverstone last year and is the only Brit who has previously raced in GP3 at the track.
Sure to be among their main rivals will be ART’S Charles Leclerc ( below right with Hughes). He will also be on F1 duty at Silverstone, replacing Esteban Gutierrez in the Haas for first practice, and goes into the weekend as points leader but will have a five-place grid penalty after causing a collision in Austria.
Another Ferrari young driver – Antonio Fuoco – will also be one to watch while the other two ART racers, Nyck de Vries and Nirei Fukuzumi, and Koiranen’s Ralph Boschung are also likely to be towards the front.