Trident has shaken up its GP3 driver line-up for 2016 with Antonio Fuoco, Sandy Stuvik and Giuliano Alesi joining Artur Janosz who has been retained by the Italian squad.
After Trident narrowly missed out on securing the GP3 drivers title last year, with Luca Ghiotto finishing runner-up to Esteban Ocon, the squad has selected a strong four-name driver line-up with three experienced members and one rookie Giuliano Alesi, son of former F1 star Jean, who graduates from French F4 after finishing fourth in the series last year.
Fuoco switches from British squad Carlin to join Trident after ending an impressive rookie GP3 campaign sixth in the drivers' standings – with the highlight of two runner-up finishes in the Austria feature race and Abu Dhabi sprint race respectively.
Also switching to Trident for 2016 is Thai driver Sandy Stuvik who endured a difficult maiden GP3 campaign with Status Grand Prix, notching up just two points finishes all year, to finish a lowly 17h overall. Stuvik graduated into GP3 as champion of Spanish F3 and Euroformula Open in 2014.
Lastly, Janosz has been retained by Trident for a second season in the Formula 1 feeder series after ending 2015 14th in the drivers' championship, with the best result of fifth place at the Russian sprint race.
Trident team principal Maurizio Salvadori is thrilled to secure a potent driver line-up as his squad expands to a four-car entry for the upcoming campaign.
“We will be fielding four drivers that can score great results this season," Salvadori said. "I am extremely satisfied to announce our full line-up so early as it will enable us to anticipate and improve our preparation. The goal is to remain at the top of the GP3 Series in both the driver and the team standings.”
The quartet of drivers will begin 2016 with a three-day test at Circuit Estoril in Portugal between 22-24 March.