Alessio Lorandi will make his GP3 debut tomorrow with Jenzer Motorsport, racing alongside Akash Nandy and Arjun Maini as the series makes its first appearance in Malaysia.
GP3 returns to the racetrack this weekend, with a first for the series. As of yet, neither of the Formula 1 support series have raced in Malaysia but this is set to change in a few days time.
The 18-year-old Italian announced earlier this month that he was to withdraw from the remaining races in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship to participate in the final rounds of GP3 on the 2016 calendar- Malaysia and Abu Dhabi. He had notified his previous team, Carlin, of his exit in the FIA F3 championship before the series’ last race at the Nurburgring.
“I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to this weekend,” Lorandi told Inside Line Media ahead of his first GP3 outing. “It will all be very new- I will be driving a new car, with new tyres and on a track that I have never driven before.
“I don’t expect big things, but I am here to learn and get used to the GP3 car as quickly as possible.
“Of course this weekend will not be easy, but I am ready for the challenge.”
Lorandi is the second former FIA F3 competitor to move to GP3 mid-season after his new teammate Arjun Maini made the switch earlier this year.
Practice at the Sepang International Circuit will be the first time Lorandi has got behind the wheel of a GP3 car.
“Alessio has done the maximum preparation possible in the simulator and with our engineers and we are looking forward to see him in our car,” Jenzer, the Team Principal at Jenzer Motorsport, told Autosport.
Lorandi will get his first taste of GP3 running at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia tomorrow – Thursday 29 September at 15:15 local time.