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Tech 1 Racing has confirmed its three-car line-up for the 2011 GP3 season, with Andrea Caldarelli and Tamas Pal Kiss joining Finland’s Aaro Vainio at the French-based outfit. Caldarelli has made the switch to the category after a full term in Italian F3, while Pal Kiss is stepping up from a campaign in the Formula Renault UK Championship in which he finished third with three wins to his name.
"Even if Andrea Caldarelli is not yet fully accustomed to this car, he's the most experienced driver in the team this year - and he's only 21!" Team Principal Simon Abadie commented.
"We're delighted to have him with us, and he's going to make a big contribution to the team in addition to being a good yardstick for his two team-mates as his skills speak for themselves. His experience in Formula 3 (2010 Italian F3 Championship) in which he's already won races will be a big help. We're counting on him a lot."
Caldarelli went on to discuss his feelings ahead of the first race in Turkey, revealing that he has been left in an optimistic frame of mind following the recent pre-season test days at Silverstone.
"I am generally satisfied with the work we have done," he explained after his time behind the wheel at the Northamptonshire circuit. "In three days I had to change my driving style to adapt to a new machine and engine, which was brand new for me. The Tech 1 team is moving in the right direction and I hope to climb the timesheets again in Barcelona."
Pal Kiss added: "One of my greatest wishes has come true this season, and now it’s my turn to reach my aim of becoming the second Hungarian Formula 1 driver. I’m really looking forward to the start of the season.
"I’m really excited about the battle with my teammates also. I’ll try to do my best, and want to do the maximum with the car and myself."
Tamas Pal Kiss
Tech 1 Racing
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