ART complete Euro Series line-up

Formula 3 Euro Series champions ART Grand Prix have completed their line-up by announcing deals with Jules Bianchi, Valtteri Bottas and Adrien Tambay, alongside Esteban Gutierrez, who was confirmed yesterday

ART complete Euro Series line-up

Bianchi was a race winner as a rookie in the championship with ART last season and also won the Masters of F3 at Zolder. The Frenchman is aiming for the Euro Series title this year.

"I'm delighted to continue my career with ART, I just hope we'll do a bit better together and be crowned in 2009," he said. "I am part of the best team in the championship and I am aware that I have an advantage, it will be up to me to make the difference."

Both Bottas and Tambay - son of former grand prix driver Patrick - will be stepping up for their rookie seasons in the category. Bottas won the Formula Renault Eurocup and North European Cup last year, while Tambay finished third in Formula BMW Europe.

Bottas turned down an opportunity to join Renault's Driver Development programme last year and is confident that with ART he can prove he made the right decision.

"Renault offered me a deal in the spring but I didn't go along with it because I want to keep my options open for the future," he told Autosport.

"To be with ART in the Euro Series is a big step in my career," he added. "It will be my first year in the series, it's a tough one and there are a lot of talents out there.

"I always want to be first but you have to be realistic and my aim will be to try to learn as much as I can, to win races, and to be the best rookie of the year."

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