Trident have announced Leonardo Fornaroli as their final driver in a three-man line-up for 2023 FIA F3 season.
Fornaroli’s move which was announced on his 18th birthday (3 December) sees him remain with Trident for a second consecutive season as he graduates to F3, after he finished eighth in Formula Regional European Championship for the Italian team this season.
Fornaroli also participated in the F3 post-season test for Trident at Jerez, Spain, in late September where he impressed with the sixth-fastest lap time on the second day of the three-day test.
Speaking about his move up to F3, Fornaroli said that he is “happy” to step up with Trident as he believes the team can help him progress on and off the track.
The 18 year-old proceeded to praise Trident for their working environment and trust in him, as he commented: “I am convinced that Trident is the best place to continue to grow and learn and to be able to debut in Formula 3 with them represents a great opportunity for me.
“For this reason I would particularly like to thank Maurizio Salvadori and everything in the team in its entirety, for the trust and esteem they have shown me.”
Trident Team Principal, Giacomo Ricci meanwhile described the Piacenz-born driver as a “promising” talent, who can testify to Trident’s supply chain of young proteges in the lower motorsport categories, whilst also possessing the “competitive” qualities needed to achieve his ambitions.
Ricci though has iterated that F3 will be “difficult” but has pledged full support and “experience” in helping Fornaroli make the “transition” up from Formula Regional European Championship, whilst expressing a “confident” feeling he can deliver results.