PREMA Racing have confirmed that Arthur Leclerc will drive for the team in Formula Three for 2021 season after finishing as Vice-Champion in 2020 Formula Regional European Championship.
Arthur Leclerc is the younger brother of two-time F1 winner, Charles Leclerc and will be entering his fourth full season in single-seater racing and his second with PREMA, who guided Leclerc to the 2017 Formula Two title.
Speaking on his decision to stay with PREMA and step up to F3, Arthur Leclerc said; “I am really happy to announce that I will step up to FIA F3 with Prema Racing next year.”
Leclerc also spoke of the bond that he has formed with the team whilst racing in this season’s Formula Regional European Championship (FREC) and the challenge of F3, saying; “I have quite a bit of experience with the team as it will be my second year with them and we established a special relationship.
“It will be a completely new challenge for me, a lot more drivers on the grid and a weekend format that looks really exciting!”
The new F3 format change sees two races held on the Saturday before the main race takes place on the Sunday where the main points system will be in use instead of on Saturday like previous seasons, including under the old GP3 banner from 2010-18 seasons.
PREMA Team Principal, Rene Rosin is “delighted to have secured Leclerc for a second consecutive season as the 20 year-old steps up to F3 after what Rosin described as a “high quality” FREC campaign in 2020 which saw him claim six wins, more than any other driver.
Speaking on the Monegasque’s skill set, Rosin said; “His skills come with a dedicated approach to the hard work behind the scenes, which is clearly what we are looking for at this level.”
PREMA are the twice reigning F3 team champions and guided Robert Shwartzman to the first F3 title in 2019 when F3 Europe and GP3 merged into the current F3 brand, before repeating that success with Renault junior, Oscar Piastri at Mugello in September.