Ferrari Driver Academy member Zhou joins Prema for 2017 F3 season

Chinese Ferrari protege Guan Yu Zhou has joined Prema Powerteam for his second season in the Formula 3 European Championship

Ferrari Driver Academy member Zhou joins Prema for 2017 F3 season

It represents a return to Prema for Zhou, who finished runner-up in the 2015 Italian Formula 4 Championship with the squad, and then moved to Motopark for his rookie F3 season this year.

Zhou took two podium finishes over the opening two race weekends of his F3 campaign, but his form faded thereafter and he fell to 13th in the final points.

Prema has a strong history with the Ferrari Driver Academy in F3, running Raffaele Marciello to the 2013 European title and carrying Antonio Fuoco to race wins in '14.

Team boss Rene Rosin said: "I am delighted to welcome Zhou and the Ferrari Driver Academy back to our F3 team.

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

"After getting valuable experience under his belt in 2016, I hope to see him become the first winning Chinese driver in European competition."

Zhou is the second driver confirmed in Prema's F3 team for 2017, joining Briton Callum Ilott in the Italian squad's fleet of Dallara-Mercedes.

German and Italian F4 runner-up Mick Schumacher is thought extremely likely to be part of the squad, while 2016 European F3 runner-up Maximilian Gunther has also been tipped to remain with the team.

Zhou joins fellow FDA prospects Charles Leclerc and Fuoco - who will race in GP2 - under the Prema umbrella for 2017.

New Zealander Marcus Armstrong, who has tested Euro F3 machinery and contested end-of-season races in Formula Renault 2.0 and BRDC British F3, is also linked with a potential FDA role for next year, which could mean a role in Prema's F4 team.

shares
comments
European F3 race winner Ralf Aron moves to Hitech for 2017 season

Previous article

European F3 race winner Ralf Aron moves to Hitech for 2017 season

Next article

Beckmann switches to Van Amersfoort Racing for 2017 Formula 3

Beckmann switches to Van Amersfoort Racing for 2017 Formula 3
Load comments
How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3 Plus

How the latest 'son of' youngster found his feet in F3

After a promising start to his single-seater racing career, life in the Formula 1 feeder series gave Jack Doohan a reality check. But, following a year of learning and toiling, the driver with one of the most famous surnames on the Formula 3 grid isn’t feeling the weight of expectation pushing down too hard on him any longer

FIA F3
Jun 30, 2021
The Monaco win that started another triple crown Plus

The Monaco win that started another triple crown

30 years ago, victory in the Monaco Grand Prix-supporting Formula 3 race – then a showpiece invitational event – began a young Jorg Muller’s pursuit of a unique set of street circuit wins that he’d later complete at Macau and Pau

FIA F3
May 21, 2021
How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives Plus

How two F3 stars face new challenges from very different perspectives

ART Grand Prix team-mates Frederik Vesti and Juan Manuel Correa's paths to the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship grid couldn’t have been further apart, but both are using the same focus for different goals

FIA F3
May 5, 2021
Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed Plus

Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed

Juan Manuel Correa has had a long road to recovery from that horrific day at Spa in 2019. ART's decision to give him his race return in FIA Formula 3 in 2021 is a victory in itself, but his determination will surely - in time - have him fighting for bigger things

FIA F3
Feb 2, 2021
Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested Plus

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested

F3 rookie Oscar Piastri only just snatched the 2020 title with Prema Racing, but the setbacks he overcame to do so suggest that Renault's next Australian talent is one destined for the top

FIA F3
Jan 12, 2021
The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars Plus

The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars

Recently named as Autosport's greatest single-seater, Ralt's RT3 launched a plethora of superstar drivers through the early 1980s, and established the constructor as the go-to place for your single-seater weapon

FIA F3
Dec 8, 2020
The Macau GP's greatest moments Plus

The Macau GP's greatest moments

Coronavirus restrictions mean this weekend's Macau GP will have a very different feel, with the usual F3 jamboree replaced by Chinese F4. But in past years, the event has provided some seminal moments in the careers of future world champions

FIA F3
Nov 20, 2020
Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders Plus

Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders

With the title race finely poised ahead of the final triple-header, a category returnee who raced George Russell in his F3 days lends Autosport his thoughts on the ones to watch

FIA F3
Aug 25, 2020