Karting star Lorandi follows Verstappen lead into F3

Italian karting star Alessio Lorandi is to follow in Max Verstappen's footsteps and race in the Formula 3 European Championship with Van Amersfoort Racing

Karting star Lorandi follows Verstappen lead into F3

Unlike Verstappen, who contested the Florida Winter Series before competing in F3, the 16-year-old Lorandi will be making his car racing debut when he lines up on the grid for April's Silverstone opener.

The deal comes after Lorandi tested a VAR Dallara-Volkswagen at four different circuits.

His first run came at Lausitz in October, before he took in a concerted Formula Renault testing programme.

He returned to the cockpit of a VAR-run F3 car at Silverstone, Monteblanco and Valencia before deciding to jump straight into the category for 2015.

Team boss Frits van Amersfoort said: "When we speak with Max, he always says the only guy who came into his neighbourhood in karting was Alessio Lorandi, so we'd better do a deal with him!

"When we first ran him at Lausitz you could clearly see he had no experience, but when he came back a few weeks later we could see how good he was - he's a good little driver.

"We all understand it's a big step for him like it was a big step for Max, but even if he does just a little bit of what Max did it will be great."

Lorandi is the first driver confirmed for 2015 with Dutch team VAR, which is understood to be close to announcing its second driver.

shares
comments
Luca Ghiotto switches from FR3.5 to GP3 for 2015 season
Previous article

Luca Ghiotto switches from FR3.5 to GP3 for 2015 season

Next article

Nicolas Todt protege Charles Leclerc secures F3 deal for 2015

Nicolas Todt protege Charles Leclerc secures F3 deal for 2015
What racing in Australia means for the future of F1's junior series Plus

What racing in Australia means for the future of F1's junior series

The announcement that FIA Formula 2 and 3 would race alongside the Australian Grand Prix from 2023 came as a surprise, not only to fans but to the series’ teams too. But with Formula 1’s boom in popularity bringing more fans to the championships, team principals are relishing the opportunity

FIA F2
Jun 28, 2022
Why the Formula 3 benchmark's 2022 season hinges on qualifying Plus

Why the Formula 3 benchmark's 2022 season hinges on qualifying

Prema Racing has long dominated FIA Formula 3, taking the teams’ title in two of the past three seasons. But its start to 2022 has been trickier than usual, and the answers lie in its qualifying performance

FIA F3
May 27, 2022
How the ultra-tight F3 title fight is taking shape Plus

How the ultra-tight F3 title fight is taking shape

With just five points separating the top five after two rounds, FIA Formula 3 looks set for another thrilling season in 2022. But who stands the best chance of pulling away from that pack, and who are the contenders bubbling under?

FIA F3
May 3, 2022
The F3 newcomer making good on his unusual career path Plus

The F3 newcomer making good on his unusual career path

Joining the FIA Formula 3 grid as a rookie with a team new to the series could prove daunting for most, but then there aren't many drivers who have the extensive experience Franco Colapinto brings from his time racing sportscars. The Argentinian explains how his LMP2 experience is already helping him in 2022

FIA F3
Mar 27, 2022
The British trio hunting for F3 title glory Plus

The British trio hunting for F3 title glory

The 2022 FIA Formula 3 season kicks off this weekend in Bahrain. British trio Zak O’Sullivan, Ollie Bearman and Jonny Edgar have all become proteges of Formula 1 teams, and are talents to watch this year

FIA F3
Mar 18, 2022
How an outsider demolished a rank of F1 juniors Plus

How an outsider demolished a rank of F1 juniors

His career has been a slowburner but Gregoire Saucy trounced a collection of F1 juniors in Formula Regional by Alpine last year, and now he’s preparing to do it again in FIA F3. Here’s how the Swiss caught the world by surprise in 2021 and how he plans to do it all over again

Ranking the top 10 F2 and F3 drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 F2 and F3 drivers of 2021

With a veritable feast of feeder series talent in 2021, FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 produced some of its most exciting racing yet. Although Prema Racing drivers once again dominated the respective series, drivers from other teams also stole the limelight to mark themselves out as stars of the future, or validate their highly-regarded standing

FIA F2
Dec 22, 2021
How Prema continued its dominance of F1's junior ladder in 2021 Plus

How Prema continued its dominance of F1's junior ladder in 2021

Taking three of the four titles and producing two outstanding champions in the process, Prema Racing remained the team to beat in Formula 1's feeder series in 2021. Team boss Rene Rosin reveals the traits that helped Dennis Hauger and Oscar Piastri to come out on top in Formula 3 and Formula 2

FIA F2
Dec 20, 2021