Hughes com­pletes switch to Euro­pean For­mula 3 for 2017 with Hitech

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Bri­tish driver Jake Hughes will switch to the Euro­pean For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship with Hitech GP for 2017 after a year in GP3.

Hughes, 22, scored two vic­to­ries on his way to eighth over­all in the GP3 stand­ings this season but also made his Euro­pean F3 de­but, hav­ing de­cided to contest the fi­nal round of the season at Hock­en­heim with Car­lin.

He also turned out with the team in Ma­cau, fin­ish­ing sixth in the Grand Prix fi­nal and best of the rookie con­tin­gent.

Hughes has since con­ducted test­ing over­seas with Hitech along­side 2017 team-mates Ralf Aron – who has switched from Prema for 2017 – and Nikita Mazepin.

“I can’t wait for next season,” said Hughes. “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 – 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.”

Hughes will switch full-time to Euro F3

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