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Zhou switches to Prema for sophomore F3 season

Ferrari protege Guan Yu Zhou will move from Motopark to champion team Prema for the 2017 European Formula 3 season.

Guan Yu Zhou
Guan Yu Zhou
Guanyu Zhou, Motopark, Dallara F312 - Volkswagen
Guanyu Zhou, Motopark Dallara F312 – Volkswagen
Guanyu Zhou, Motopark, Dallara F312 - Volkswagen, Harrison Newey, Van Amersfoort Racing, Dallara F312 - Mercedes-Benz
podium, rookies, Guanyu Zhou, Motopark Dallara F312 - Volkswagen
Guanyu Zhou, Motopark Dallara F312 – Volkswagen

The 17-year-old graduated to F3 in 2016, taking sixth in the rookie standings and 13th overall, with two podium finishes to his name,

The Chinese driver will now be reuniting with Prema, having raced for the team in the Italian F4 series in 2015, where he was runner-up to Ralf Aron.

“I am really honoured to join the Prema family! I enjoyed working with them in 2015 and I am looking forward to work with them again next year," he said.

"They have had huge success in FIA Formula 3 in the past years and I will do my best to carry on their success for 2017."

Team principal Rene Rosin said: “I am delighted to welcome Zhou and the Ferrari Driver Academy back to our Formula 3 team.

"We worked with him in 2015 and we had already appreciated his skills as we helped him grow in his first season in single seaters.

"I am sure he will answer the bell in 2017 after getting valuable experience under his belt in 2016 and I hope to see him become the first winning Chinese driver in European competition."

Prema ran no Ferrari proteges in any of its teams last year, but has already signed three of the Italian marque's junior drivers for the upcoming season - with Charles Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco having been announced for its GP2 outfit.

In the F3 roster, Zhou joins the already announced Callum Ilott, with Mick Schumacher and Honda protege Tadasuke Makino widely expected to fill the two remaining spots.

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