America’s Ryan Tveter will return to Trident for a second season of GP3 competition in 2018, the Italian team for his second season in the GP3 series in 2018.
The 23-year-old from Oyster Bay, N.Y. earned three podium finishes, three separate top-five finishes and finished eighth in the driver standings in his rookie season in the Formula 1 ladder series, to help Trident finish second in the team championship.
“We are delighted to have Ryan back on the team for our 2018 GP3 campaign,” said team manager Giacomo Ricci. “He is a very skillful and precise driver who has a very different background to most drivers in racing at this level.
“To finish on the podium in such a category as GP3 is a huge achievement in and of itself, and Ryan came away with three, along with many other strong points finishes. Following him with the utmost care and providing the strongest car possible to chase his first GP3 win will be our absolute priority. Ryan had a breakthrough season in 2017, and I believe 2018 will be even stronger.”
Tveter said he felt confident about his prospects of improving on his rookie season successes.
“My primary goal for 2018 is to maintain the consistency we had last year and really try to be on the podium at every round,” he said. “I think that’s a realistic target, but I’m also looking to take my first victory. I came so close to doing that last year!
“I think the few key areas to improve on for this season are our one-lap qualifying pace – me putting my perfect lap together when it counts in qualifying. We also need to make sure that risk is evaluated properly when it comes to setup and strategy decisions. I wouldn’t say qualifying was a weakness, but I do feel I can improve along with the car to be able to fight for the pole in qualifying and subsequently the podium and more points in the feature race.
“On the risk and setup decision side, there were a couple times last year where we decided on a riskier setup in practice that hampered us for the whole weekend, and we lost crucial points and even a chance at victory. Definitely taking more time to analyze risk and make sure those decisions are run past management as well is a clear way we can improve our performance and consistency.”
After three pre-season tests, the 2018 GP3 schedule consists of 18 races during nine events from May through November as the series supports Formula 1. The complete schedule is posted on the series’ Web site at GP3series.com.