Italian teenager Vicky Piria has become the first female driver to sign for a GP3 team after completing a deal to race for series newcomer Trident Racing.
Although several female racers have tested GP3 cars, Piria is set to be the first to compete in the championship. The 18-year-old steps up after racing in Formula Abarth last season.
"After ending the 2011 Formula Abarth season I had the chance to test a Formula 3 car as I saw that as a possible chance for my open-wheel career," said Piria. "When Trident Racing explained me the details of their GP3 Series program though, I immediately known that it was the right thing to do for me.
"I know that there will be many tough aspects to overcome, especially because there will be a lot of more experienced drivers among my opponents. That said, I feel no pressure. I know I can afford a learning year and I'm aware that my goal for 2012 will be to improve step by step every lap."
Piria is the first driver to sign for Trident, which has taken the Addax squad's GP3 entry this year.