European Formula 3 Open runner-up David Fumanelli will move to GP3 with MW Arden this season.
The 19-year-old Italian has already tested for the team at Jerez, where he was an immediate frontrunner.
Team manager Julian Rouse said: "We are all really excited to have David as part of the team in 2012. He showed a huge amount of potential when he tested with us in Jerez and was a pleasure to work with. I am confident that he can be very competitive right from the very start of the season."
MW Arden was runner-up in the GP3 teams' standings last year, winning races with Mitch Evans and Lewis Williamson.
"I wanted to join a winning team and MW Arden is really the best choice for sure, considering their previous results in GP3, but also in the other championships," said Fumanelli. "I am sure this year will be successful for both of us and I can't wait for the start of the season."