Spaniard Daniel Juncadella will join Prema Powerteam for the upcoming 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series season.
The 19-year-old, who finished in second place in the Formula BMW Europe Series last year, had already tested for the team in December at Estoril.
Juncadella has spent the last two years in Formula BMW, having taking the runner-up spot in the Spanish Master Junior championship in 2007.
"I've been impressed by his potential since the first moment - it ain't easy to jump on a Formula 3 car and understand its secrets so fast, and get some good feeling on how to use the Kumho tyres, which need a really sensible drive," said Prema's team principal Angelo Rosin.
"So, we decided not to let him go, and I can't be happier to announce Juncadella for the 2010 F3 Euro Series season.
"Juncadella has put some really valuable experience behind his shoulders in the BMW series that proved to be a right choice for many drivers, subsequently making great step-up seasons in Formula 3. I hope Daniel will keep this tradition alive, handing us some great results.
"We'll be starting our testing season soon, in order to enable Daniel to get in the best possible shape by Hockenheim."