After much speculation, Antonio Fuoco has finally been announced as the Ferrari Driver Academy placement in Prema Powerteam’s FIA European F3 effort.
Still only 17-years-old, Fuoco won the Formula Renault Alps Series in 2013 with the Prema Junior team in what was his first year of car racing.
Having guided Swiss-Italian racer Raffaele Marciello to the European F3 title last season, Prema have taken another Ferrari protégé in the hope that he will deliver further success.
Rene Rosin, manager with the Prema Powerteam squad, believes Fuoco can add to his Formula Renault glory. “I’m very happy to continue the work we started with Fuoco in last season’s Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS series. He has some superb potential and his career so far reminds me Raffaele Marciello.”
If nothing else, promotion to Formula 3 with Prema offers Fuoco some much needed stability at a time when the level of competition rises significantly. Rosin agrees, noting that, “Prema is a second home to young Antonio and his jump to Formula 3 is an obvious continuation for our relationship.”
Fuoco is the third driver confirmed by the Italian team. The 17-year-old will race alongside Lotus junior Esteban Ocon and Dennis van de Laar; however a fourth driver may still come Prema’s way.