Luis Sa Silva joins Carlin GP3 squad

Luis Sa Silva will switch to the GP3 Series with Carlin this year

Luis Sa Silva joins Carlin GP3 squad

The 22-year-old Angolan will partner Eric Lichtenstein and one yet-to-be named driver at the British team in the Formula 1 support series.

Sa Silva said: "GP3, particularly with the introduction of the new generation car, has become a real stepping stone to the top level of motorsport.

"With 400bhp the GP3 car will be a real step up and there will be a lot to learn.

"I am so excited to race against some of the best drivers in Europe on the F1 package and represent Angola to the best of my abilities and I know that with Carlin I have a great package with which to do that."

Sa Silva raced in Formula 3 last year, finishing 14th in the Euro Series and 13th in the European championship.

Team boss Trevor Carlin added: "The GP3 car is going to be quite a step up from F3 in terms of power this year, but we're giving Luis all the tools he needs to be able to make the most of this fantastic opportunity."

2013 GP3 Series line-up so far:

Lotus (ART)  Jack Harvey          tba              tba
MW Arden     Daniil Kvyat         Carlos Sainz Jr  Robert Visoiu
Carlin       Eric Lichtenstein    Luis Sa Silva    tba
Jenzer       Patric Niederhauser  tba              tba
Manor        tba                  tba              tba
Status       Jimmy Eriksson       tba              tba
Atech CRS    tba                  tba              tba
Trident      Emanuele Zonzini     David Fumanelli  tba
Koiranen     Kevin Korjus         Aaro Vainio      Patrick Kujala
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