10 – Nick Yelloly – Great Britain – Carlin
Has shown flashes of the pace we all know the Brit has, finishing on the podium at Silverstone and then at the Nurburgring the following week. He’s had a few disappointing weekends along the way, most notable in Valencia and at the Hungaroring, so his championship aspirations have all but disappeared. We all know he’s capable of winning races though, so a win in the remainder of the year cannot be ruled out.
9 – Daniil Kvyat – Russia – MW Arden
Part of the Red Bull junior programme, the young Russian is running in GP3 alongside some F3 races this year. A maiden series podium in Hungary showed what Red Bull see in him, and a win in the remaining six races is a realistic possibility. However needs to show he can perform every weekend, with two bad weekends in Barcelona & the Nurburgring pushing him down to P8 in the championship standings.
8 – Carlos Sainz Jr – Spain – MW Arden
The son of Rallying legend Carlos Sainz, the Spaniard has shown flashes of the pace that saw Red Bull hiring him into their young drivers programme. Podiums in Valencia and the Hungaroring has seen him climb to P7 in the championship standings, but has the odd weekend where nothing seems to go right for him, most notably in Barcelona and Silverstone. Has the talent for sure to challenge at the very front.
7 – Robert Visoiu – Romania – MW Arden
One of only two drivers so far this season to win twice, both in the second race of the weekend in Valencia and at the Hungaroring after finishing P8 in race one. Only one other points finish keeps him down in P7, but the way he dominated the races he won puts him ahead (just) of his teammates. Could and should do better however.
6 – Kevin Korjus – Estonia – Koiranen GP
The Estonian driver joined GP3 from the Formula Renault 3.5 series, and took his maiden series podium in the second race of the season in Barcelona. Followed it up with more podiums in Valencia, Silverstone & the Hungaroring to show he’s a genuine title contender. Only one weekend didn’t see him in the points at the Nurburgring. Still to win a race, but P5 in the championship is great for the rookie.
5 – Jack Harvey – Great Britain – ART Grand Prix
The reigning British Formula 3 champion has shown he can make the jump to GP3 with relative ease, winning race one in front of his home fans at Silverstone, and currently sits in a terrific P4 in the championship, most definitely in the hunt for the title. Also grabbed a podium at the Nurburgring, and has scored points in all bar two races this year. Consistency might just get him a second consecutive championship.
4 – Conor Daly – United States – ART Grand Prix
Dominated the opening race at Valencia, grabbing pole position before going on to victory. Other podiums in Barcelona and the Hungaroring show just how good a driver he has become. Didn’t let the distraction of the Indy 500 get in his way, and can still contend for the championship from his current P6 placing.
3 – Aaro Vainio – Finland – Koiranen GP
The only driver to win a race on a Saturday (Hungary) and a Sunday (Barcelona) this season, and sits P3 in the championship with a team that is having their first season in the series. Had an off-weekend at the Nurburgring and failed to score points in two other races, but scored a podium in Valencia. Definitely in championship contention, and his consistency could pay off come Abu Dhabi at the end of the year.
2 – Facu Regalia – Argentina – ART Grand Prix
The surprise for me of the season. Had a disappointing first weekend of the season, but since then has only failed to score once in race two at the Nurburgring, the day after his maiden series race win. Additional podiums in Valencia and Silverstone sees him sitting P2 in the championship, right on the heels of the championship leader. If he maintains his form, could be right in the hunt for the title this season, ahead of his teammates who everyone expected pre-season to outrace him.
1 – Tio Ellinas – Cyprus – Marussia Manor Racing
Deservedly leading the championship after a very consistent start to the year, only failing to score in the Hungarian round of the series. Brilliantly won the opening round of the season as drivers around him struggled with tyre issues, and returned to the podium at the Nurburgring. Definitely has his eyes on the prize of the championship, and will be looking to maintain the consistency he has had so far this year.