Fernando Alonso-backed teen lands F3 seat with ART for 2023 : PlanetF1

Teenage driving expertise Nikola Tsolov, managed by Fernando Alonso, has earned himself a drive in Formulation 3 subsequent season with ART.

The 15-year-old Bulgarian driver made the step as much as single seaters for the primary time in 2022 after his karting profession, shortly after signing with Alonso’s A14 Administration company.

He then went on to win the Spanish Formulation 4 title in dominant style this season, taking 13 victories from the 21 races within the sequence – together with a run of eight consecutive wins in the midst of the yr, in addition to having 15 pole positions to his title in that point.

Tsolov can be signed to the Alpine Academy, and can have the prospect to point out off his skills on race weekends with the eyes of Formulation 1 groups upon him as he joins the premier sequence’ assist calendar for 2023, having wrapped up the Spanish F4 title with three races to spare.

He took half in a post-season take a look at in Formulation 3 equipment, and was subsequently provided a contract to race with ART subsequent yr.

Tsolov mentioned after signing his Formulation 3 deal: “It’s a pleasure for me to be stepping as much as FIA F3 subsequent yr with ART Grand Prix. They’ve been very profitable in each championship they’ve competed in and plenty of F1 drivers have been part of the group. So, I’m tremendous joyful to begin our journey!”

Alonso and A14 now have six drivers signed to their books, together with present Formulation 2 expertise Clément Novalak, who will start his second full season within the sequence subsequent yr, with Tsolov set to compete in opposition to A14 stablemate Pepe Marti in Formulation 3 in 2023.

Alonso’s company additionally not too long ago signed German driver Max Günther, beforehand a Formulation 2 driver earlier than making his means into Formulation E – the place he’s about to start his fifth season within the all-electric sequence, having moved from Nissan to Maserati for the yr forward.

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