Esteban Gutiérrez 2010 Champion
Esteban Gutiérrez became the first ever GP3 Champion in 2010 after clinching the title with ART Grand Prix. The Mexican driver dominated the inaugural season and after a titanic tussle with Robert Wickens, Gutiérrez won the championship after gaining the two points for pole position at the final round in Monza. The young hotshot was then offered the chance to progress and showcase his talents in the GP2 Series. Staying with renamed Lotus ART for 2011, he secured his maiden victory in the sprint race at Valencia. Nicknamed The Chosen One by Formula 1 insiders, the Mexican ace then signed a deal to become the test driver for the Sauber F1 team, paving the way for the new stars of the next generation. 2012 saw Gutiérrez clinch third place in the GP2 Series for Lotus GP and during the close season Sauber F1 announced that Gutiérrez would drive for the team from 2013, becoming the first GP3 driver in history to race in Formula 1.
Valterri Bottas 2011 Champion
The honour of becoming the second GP3 Champion went to Valtteri Bottas who took the crown in 2011. The Finnish driver endured a nightmare start to his campaign, but with a true Champion’s attitude, he fought back impressively to pick up vital wins in the final four rounds. Bottas secured the championship by winning the penultimate race ahead of his team mate, James Calado. This also confirmed Lotus ART as team champions for back to back years. The Finnish star signed as a test driver for the Williams Formula 1 team and will contest the Friday free practice sessions for 2012, giving hope to all young racing drivers out there of what is achievable with the right mental approach, despite tough times! For 2013, Bottas has been confirmed as driving for Williams F1 and becomes the second GP3 Champion to reach Formula 1.
Mitch Evans 2012 Champion
Mitch Evans became the third driver to claim the prestigious GP3 Series crown in 2012. The New Zealander claimed victory in the season opener but it was Round 3 in Valencia where he set himself apart as a strong contender for the title by picking up an impressive 35 point haul. However, the second half of the year was much tougher with the title decider eventually coming down to the final race weekend with four drivers in contention. The MW Arden ace, mentored by F1 driver Mark Webber, eventually clinched the championship by two points over Daniel Abt on the penultimate lap of the season after a thrilling race. King of qualifying with pole positions and three wins, Evans showed he had that extra something that champions are made of as he battled through the face of adversity under immense mental pressure in a memorable season finale in Monza! Evans remains with the Arden team as he graduates to GP2 for 2013. The future is very bright for this talented youngster with the stars of the future hoping to follow in his fast footprints.