Lorandi moves to Carlin for second European F3 season

Italian racer Alessio Lorandi will switch from Van Amersfoort Racing to Carlin for the 2016 European F3 season.

Lorandi, 17, had followed in the footsteps of Max Verstappen last year by joining Van Amersfoort's F3 squad straight out of karting.

An extremely successful driver in karts, amassing a world title and two Italian championships along with numerous other accolades during his tenure, the Italian would finish only 20th in his debut car campaign, with a best result of sixth at Pau.

Lorandi then tested with Carlin in the post-season on a number of days and has now made the move official.

"I am delighted to join forces with Carlin, a team that accomplished so much in Formula 3 and is also lining up in other top-tier categories," he said.

"The chemistry with the staff has been excellent since the very first test and the work we did together proved extremely valuable. Trevor [Carlin] constantly showed how much he believes in my abilities and so it has been pretty easy to reach an agreement for the 2016 season."

In effect, Lorandi is replacing Callum Ilott at the British squad, with the latter having also run as a karting graduate in F3 in 2015 and recently announcing a switch from Carlin to Lorandi's old team Van Amersfoort.

With the new regulations limiting teams to a maximum of four entries for 2016, Carlin now has half of its line-up confirmed, with Lorandi joining returnee Ryan Tveter.

2016 European F3 line-up so far

Team Drivers
Prema Powerteam

 Lance Stroll

 Ralf Aron
 Maximilian Gunther
Van Amersfoort Racing  Pedro Piquet
 Callum Ilott
 Harrison Newey
Carlin  Ryan Tveter
 Alessio Lorandi
Mucke Motorsport  David Beckmann
Motopark  Niko Kari
 Sergio Sette Camara
Hitech GP

 George Russell

 Nikita Mazepin

Ben Barnicoat

T-Sport  Arjun Maini
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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Alessio Lorandi
Teams Carlin
Article type Breaking news