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Vicky Piria to be first female GP3 driver

The GP3 Series will see its first female driver on the starting grid, after Trident Racing announced it had signed up Vicky Piria for 2012.
Italian race driver Vicky Piria will become the first female driver to compete in the GP3 Series, after Trident Racing announced that it had signed up the 18-year-old for this year's championship.

Piria graduates from racing in Formula Abarth (European and Italian series) in 2011 and has also competed in Italian Formula Renault and Formula 2000 Light. Before being approached by Trident for their new GP3 squad, Piria had been expecting to move into Formula 3 in 2012.

"When Trident Racing explained to me the details of their GP3 Series program, though, I immediately knew that it was the right thing to do for me," said the Milan-born driver. "I wasn't scared at all in signing with a team I had never tested with."

Piria makes no secret of the fact that GP3 is just one more step along the road to the ultimate goal of making it onto the F1 Grand Prix starting grid sometime in the future.

"I'm excited by the idea of racing at the same events of F1," she said. "I believe that every driver aiming at the most prestigious series in the world knows that GP3 and GP2 are proven stepping stones."

It's early days, however, and Piria isn't going to let herself feel too stressed by the sudden promotion into GP3 ahead of schedule.

"I feel no pressure. I know I can afford a year learning and I'm aware that my goal for 2012 will be to improve step-by-step every lap," she said, displaying a level-headed approach to her rookie GP3 season. "I know that there will be many tough aspects to overcome, especially because there will be a lot of more experienced drivers among my opponents."

Piria's signing is the first in the series by Trident Racing, which took over Addax's GP3 slot at the end of the 2011 season after the Spanish squad opted to withdraw in order to focus its efforts on GP2, where it is the current championship team.

Trident Racing, owned by Maurizio Salvadori, is yet to announce the other two team drivers who will be joining Piria for the 2012 season.




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Vicky Piria (ITA, Trident Racing) during GP3 Series Testing at Estoril, Portugal in February 2012. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP3 Media Service.]
Vicky Piria (ITA, Trident Racing) during GP3 Series Testing at Estoril, Portugal in February 2012. [Photo credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP3 Media Service.]
Vicky Piria (ITA, Trident Racing) during GP3 Series Testing at Estoril, Portugal in February 2012. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP3 Media Service.]
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Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates in parc ferme after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
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Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates with champagne on the podium after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International), Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) and Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) on the podium after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) & Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) on the feature race podium at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates win with his father Jonathan at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014.(Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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