Prema Powerteam and Dennis Van de Laar will race together for the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The Dutch racer, born on the 3rd of February, 1994, has already matured a wide experience in Formula 3 and that includes last season’s European championship. In 2012, he delivered good performances in the German Formula 3 and also impressed in the European and NEC Formula Renault 2.0 championship in the past.
Van De Laar is the first confirmed driver for Prema, as the team is looking forward to field the Mercedes-powered Dallaras in 2014. The Italians’ testing program will be continued flat out up to and including 20 December, 2013. On the Iberian Peninsula, at Jerez, Barcelona, Valencia (Spain) and Estoril (Portugal), the young drivers prepare for the coming season by covering as many testing kilometers as possible.
Team Manager, René Rosin, says: “We decided to choose Van de Laar because we noticed him during the 2013 season. We thought he's a deserving driver with plenty of room for improvement. He's young and he already knows the majority of the tracks on the schedule, plus he proved to be quick. Relying on a talented driver with one year of experience in the series seems like an excellent choice.”
Dennis van de Laar summarizes: “It isn't apparent to be invited to race for a team with such an impressive history and track record. My extensive training with Van Amersfoort Racing has been the foundation that led towards this great step to the absolute top team in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. I can hardly imagine not to be driving with them, because ever since my very first time driving in a race car we have been connected. However it is also important to continue my learning curve and educational development in these new surroundings. Therefore I reported as of yesterday on behave of Prema in Jerez for the start of our elaborate testing program in preparation of the 2014 season.”