Who's who in GP3

A guide to the teams and drivers in the 2012 GP3 Series

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 09/05/12 9:28am

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Your one-stop guide to the teams and drivers competing in the 2012 GP3 Series, which will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 HD.

Lotus GP

The ART name disappears from GP3 in 2012, with the team racing under a different name for the third time in as many years.

The ART Grand Prix team was formed in 2005 for the inaugural GP2 season from collaboration between Nicolas Todt and Frederic Vasseur's ASM Formula 3 team.

The team enjoyed immediate success winning the 2005 teams' championship and drivers' title with Nico Rosberg, before repeating the double in 2006 with Lewis Hamilton.

In 2010, they joined the newly formed GP3 Series and took the teams' championship and drivers' championship with Esteban Gutierrez.

They followed it up by dominating the 2011 season, retaining both titles, this time with Valtteri Bottas taking the drivers crown, whilst his team-mate James Calado finished second.

#1 - Daniel Abt - GER

The 19-year-old German steps up from the Formula 3 Euro Series where he finished 7th last year.

He won the 2009 ADAC Formel Masters Championship, winning eight of the 16 races that season.

#2 - Conor Daly - USA

The 20-year-old moves from Carlin to Lotus for his second season in GP3 after finishing 17th in the 2011 Championship.

During his junior career he won the 2010 Star Mazda Championship, the 2008 Skip Barber National Championship and also won the Formula Ford Walter Hayes Trophy that year.

He is the son of former Formula 1 and Champ Car driver Derek Daly.

#3 - Aaro Vainio - FIN

The 18-year-old only made his single-seater debut in 2010, racing in both the Formula Renault UK and the Eurocup after winning the European KF1 Karting Championship in 2009.

He made the leap to GP3 in 2011 with Tech 1 Racing, taking a podium in only his third race on his way to 15th in the standings.

MW Arden

Arden International was formed in 1997 by Christian Horner, now team principal at Red Bull Racing, to help further his career as a racing driver. He continues to act as team principal for Arden alongside Gary Horner.

When the GP3 Series was formed in 2010, Arden International expanded into the championship as MW Arden, recognising the team's collaboration with Red Bull Formula 1 driver Mark Webber.

#4 - Mitch Evans - NZL

The 17-year-old sticks with MW Arden for his second season in GP3, after finishing ninth in his debut season, and taking a race win in Spain.

He won the New Zealand based Toyota Racing Series in 2010, and was also runner-up in Australian Formula Three that season.

Evans is managed by team principal and F1 star Mark Webber.

#5 - David Fumanelii - ITA

The Italian moves to GP3 after finishing second in the European F3 Open (formerly Spanish F3) where he finished second in the standings.

He was third in the same championship in 2010 and eight in 2009.

#6 - Matias Laine - FIN

After finishing 31st in GP3 in his debut season with Manor Racing, the 22-year-old makes the switch to MW Arden in 2012.

He finished 14th in the 2010 F3 Euroseries and 14th Formula Renault UK in 2009.

Marussia Manor Racing

Manor Competition was founded in 1990 by John Booth.

They enjoyed success in Formula Renault UK picking up drivers titles with Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton amongst others.

The team's application to join Formula 1 for the 2010 season was accepted under the name Manor Grand Prix, though this was changed to Virgin Racing and now Marussia F1, reflecting sponsorship deals.

That same season they entered the inaugural GP3 Series and finished fourth in the teams standings.

#7 - Dmitry Suranovich - RUS

After just one season in single-seater racing the Russian moves to GP3 with Manor.

He competed in the Formula Abarth European and Italian Series in 2011, taking just one point in both championships.

He contested the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand during the winter, and took a podium finish on his way to ninth in the standings.

#8 - Fabiano Machado - BRA

The Brazilian switches to racing in Europe after two seasons in South America.

After moving to single-seater racing in 2010, the 25-year-old finished fourth in the F3 Sudamericana championship, before clinching the title in 2011.

#9 - Tio Ellinas - CYP

The 20-year-old switched from Karting to Formula Ford in 2010, finishing fourth in the British Championship.

He graduated to Formula Renault UK in 2011, finishing third in the drivers' standings.

Status Grand Prix

Status Grand Prix are an Irish team who are based at Silverstone. They were formed in 2005 to run the A1GP Team Ireland franchise.

They won the A1GP title with Adam Carroll during the 2008-09 season, which turned out to be the final year of the championship.

Status moved to GP3 for the inaugural season in 2010, finishing as runners-up in the teams standings.

#14 - Marlon Stockinger - PHL

The Filipino moves from Atech to Status for his second season in GP3 after finishing 28th in the 2011 drivers' standings, without a point to his name.

He finished eighth in the 2010 Formula Renault UK championship.

#15 - Kotaro Sakurai - JAP

The 17-year-old graduates to GP3 after winning the 2011 British F3 National Class title.

He made his single-seater debut in 2010 finishing seventh in the Formula BMW Pacific championship.

#16 - Alice Powell - GBR

The 19-year-old British driver steps up from the Formula Renault UK Championship where she finished ninth in the standings, just behind both her Manor team-mates.

She claimed the 2010 Formula Renualt BARC title, taking seven podiums, including two race wins, in the 12 round series.

Ocean Racing Technology

The team was founded in 2008 after former F1 driver Tiago Monteiro purchased the BCN Competicion squad along with Jose Guedes. The pair revamped the team, moving their base to the Algarve, hiring new staff and essentially reforming the team.

Having raced in GP2 since 2009, this is the first year the team has expanded into GP3.

#17 - Kevin Ceccon - ITA

The 18-year-old is the reigning Auto GP champion, leading Ombra to their first title in the series. He got some GP2 experience as well in 2011, contesting eight races for Scuderia Coloni.

The Italian started his career in single-seaters in 2009, making the substantial leap from karting to Formula 3.

#18 - Carmen Jorda - ESP

The 23-year-old will make her debut in GP3 this season, after a difficult couple of years.

She was unable to secure a full-time in 2011, and only contested five of the 13 rounds in the 2010 Indy Lights Series.

Jorda though has plenty of single-seater experience with an additional four years in European F3, and also raced in the European Le Mans Series in 2009.

#19 - Robert Cregan - IRL

The 23-year-old Irish driver makes the move from touring cars to single-seaters this season for his GP3 debut.

He finished 12th last year in the second tier of Australian touring cars, the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series, becoming the first Irishman to drive in the series.

Cregan has also competed in Irish Formula Ford, Germany's Porsche Supercup and the UAE GT Championship.

He is the son of the Yas Marina Circuit CEO and former Toyota F1 team manager Richard Cregan.

Jenzer Motorsport

The Swiss-based team was founded in 1993, when team principal Andreas Jenzer was still racing.

The have a long history of competing in Formula Renault, and have also contested Formula Abarth and Formula Masters.

They finished third in the team standings in the first GP3 season.

#20 - Robert Visoiu - ROM

The 16-year-old steps up to GP3 with Jenzer, having driven for the team in Formula Abarth last season, where he finished 4th in the European series.

It has been a rapid rise to the F1 feeder series for the Romanian as 2011 was his first season of single-seater racing after graduating from karting.

#21 - Patric Niederhauser - SWI

The 20-year-old has spent his entire single-seater career with Jenzer and graduates to GP3 from their Formula Abarth team. He won the Italian series in 2011 and finished as runner-up in the European series.

#22 - TBA

Trident Racing

Italian outfit Trident were formed in 2006 specifically to take part in the GP2 series. They made a flying start with three wins in their debut season and a sixth-place finish in the standings.

This is the first year they have competed in GP3.

#23 - Vicky Piria - ITA

The 18-year-old makes the step up from Formula Abarth where she finished 18th in the European series and 15th in the Italian series.

Piria has dual nationality, her father is Italian and her mother is British. She competed in Formula 2000 Light in 2009 under a British licence.

#24 - Antonio Spavone - ITA

The 17-year-old is contesting both the Auto GP Championship and the GP3 Series in 2012.

Spavone is another Formula Abarth graduate finishing 13th in the 2011 Italian series and 14th in the European.

#25 - TBA

Carlin Motorsport

The British team was formed in 1996 and competes in GP2, GP3, World Series by Renault and British F3.

The team has enjoyed great success in British F3 during the last decade winning all but two of the team's titles between 2001 and 2010.

Their GP2 team may run under the Marussia banner, but don't be fooled into thinking the GP3 team has any links with Marussia Manor Racing.

#26 - Alex Brundle - GBR

The 21-year-old is the son of Sky Sports F1 HD commentator and former F1 driver Martin.

He moves to GP3 after finishing seventh in the FIA Formula 2 Championship last year, a marked improvement on his 19th placed standing in his debut season in 2009.

In the intervening year Brundle raced in British Formula 3 finishing 17th in the drivers' standings.

#27 - Antonio Felix Da Costa - POR

The 20-year-old re-joins Carlin for his third year in the GP3 Series.

He finished 13th in the drivers' standings for Status Grand Prix last season and took his maiden GP3 win in the season finale at Monza.

In 2010 he contested the Hungarian and Belgian rounds of the championship for Carlin.

That season he also tested for Force India in the young driver test in Abu Dhabi where he lapped a second faster than Paul di Resta.

#28 - William Buller - GBR

The 19-year-old from Northern Ireland will drive for Carlin in both the GP3 Series and the new FIA European Formula 3 Championship.

He graduates after spending two seasons in the British F3 championship where he finished fourth in the 2011 standings.

Atech CRS Grand Prix

Atech CRS Grand Prix was formed in 2010 after a collaboration between Atech team principal David Hayle and CRS Racings Andrew Kirkaldy.

Both teams have successful history in their own right with Atech winning the Superleague Formula teams' title in 2009 as Liverpool, whilst CRS have won titles in Formula Renault UK and British GT.

The team have taken three podium finishes during their two years in GP3.

#29 - Tamas Pal Kiss - HUN

The 20-year-old moves switches from Tech 1 Racing for his second season in GP3. He finishes 16th in the drivers' standings last year, taking one race win.

He raced for Atech in Formula Renault UK in 2009 and 2010 finishing third in the drivers' standings in his second season.

#30 - John Wartique - BEL

The 21-year-old makes his debut in a single-seater series after three seasons in the Peugeot Sport 207 Championship.

He finished as runner-up in the series in 2009, taking four podium finishes from six races.

#31 - Ethan Ringel - USA

The 17-year-old makes the huge leap from karting to GP3 in 2012.In 2009 he was runner-up in Rotax Grand Nationals USA Junior Max.

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