Alex Smolyar to line up again with ART Grand Prix in FIA F3

For the second year in a row, ART Grand Prix is ​​happy to hand the wheel of one of its F3 contenders to Aleksandr Smolyar, SMP Racing driver.

Successful in go-kart, the young Russian took the leap into single-seater racing at the age of 16, becoming the runner-up in Formula 4 Spain and 3rd in Formula 4 northern Europe the same year.  

Third as well in Formula Renault Eurocup in 2019, the young Russian had a promising first F3 season in 2020 during which he was able to show his speed, notably with a pole position and ten top 10 places in 18 races. 

Aleksandr Smolyar: “I’m glad to continue working with a team of such a high level as ART Grand Prix. We have already gotten to know each other well and the atmosphere in the team will be pleasant and familiar for me. This is one of the best teams in the championship, so we have a chance for some good results. My goal for this season is to win, of course. There can be no other goal in such a team. Also, I’ve already got the experience, so that means a lot. Last year I tried a lot of new things for myself. Now I can focus on some more important moments. I would like to thank SMP Racing and ART Grand Prix for their trust and support. I will try to do my best and achieve our goals.

Sébastien Philippe:
Alex made a good start in his inaugural F3 season which raised our hopes, but several retirements in the early races slowed his momentum. His driving qualities are solid and he has made great personal and technical progress. He ended the year with a series of very good results in an ultra-competitive championship where it is easy to doubt and to lose your marks. With his new confidence and conviction of his talent, Alex should be able to join the fight for the title in 2021.

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