Josh to mix with stars of F1 after GP3 move

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Rising race ace Josh Webster will be mixing with Formula One’s superstars this season after signing a deal with GP3 team Status Grand Prix.

The 19-year-old, from Mickfield, near Debenham, will compete on the undercard of seven F1 races at some of the best race tracks in the world, including at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit and Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Although GP3 is only in its fourth year, former champions Esteban Gutierrez and Valtteri Bottas have already graduated to F1, with Sauber and Williams respectively.

Webster, who was testing his new 400bhp car in Estoril, Portugal, this week, said: “GP3 is a massive step-up for me and I am under no illusion about how much I have to learn, but it will be a fantastic experience and it’s great to be at the first test this week at Estoril.”

Webster, who went to Thomas Mills High School, in Framlingham, has enjoyed a memorable two years, twice finishing as runner-up of the BARC Formula Renault Championship, as well as being a finalist for the 2012 McLaren Autosport BRDC award and a part of the MSA Team UK and BRDC Rising Star talent schemes.