ART Grand Prix, a team founded in 1991, have shown great success in their time in GP2, GP3 and F3 Euroseries, but from this season the ART name will not be present in GP2 or GP3. Instead, they will be known as Lotus GP as their title sponsor from 2011 becomes their team name. This will connect them strongly to the Lotus F1 Team (formerly known as Renault), and they will be driving in black and gold.
ART has produced both GP3 champions and three of the seven GP2 champions (Rosberg, Hamilton and Hulkenberg). It has also produced six F3 Euroseries champions, and since 2003 (when it started in F3 Euroseries) it finished first every year except 2010 – when it finished second. In GP3 it has always been team champion as well, and its worst finish in GP2 is fifth on two occasions.
This is a team that has made winners and even F1 champions. Even with a different name it should go on to make more. Will Lotus GP’s lineup of Esteban Gutierrez and James Calado – both graduates of ART’s GP3 team – or Aaro Vainio who will drive for their GP3 team be the next to join that list?
There’s only one way to find out…