Webber tests GP3 car at Paul Ricard

Red Bull driver Mark Webber got a sample of the new GP3 car on Tuesday, as the series unveiled the single-seater to the international media at Paul Ricard

Webber tests GP3 car at Paul Ricard

The Australian driver completed 19 laps of the French circuit and admitted he was impressed with the car.

"I have been pleasantly surprised by the new GP3 car," said Webber, who will have a team in the championship next year. "It's my first experience driving the car and I can honestly say it is like driving a small F1 car.

"A lot of the aspects are what I am already used to, but obviously on a smaller, more junior scale, for example the car has a full paddle shift gearbox and clutch system.

"The biggest advantage for this championship has to be racing at the Formula 1 race weekends. This will give drivers great exposure, and for sure all of the team bosses will be watching during race weekends.

"Overall I think it is a great car I am very impressed by the whole package, and I am looking forward to the first race next season."

The ten teams entered in the championship were also invited to the presentation to get a closer look at the car for the first time.

Speaking about his role as team principal in the series, Webber said: "Christian Horner was interested in taking part in the Series and approached me. I'm not at the beginning of the F1 career so it was a logical step for me."

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