David Zhu will become the first Chinese driver to compete in the new era of Formula 2 after confirming his participation in the 2012 championship.
The 21-year-old has competed in various Asian-based championships over the past five years, and has scored podiums in Formula BMW Asia in 2007 and the Formula Pilota China series last year.
Zhu, who also spent two years competing in the Formula Challenge Japan championship, said he will be targeting a championship top three finish in his maiden season in F2.
"I will try and push very hard for podium finishes and adjust to the new tracks. My overall target is top three for the year, although it will be tough," he explained.
"2012 will be my first year in European racing and I will also be the first Chinese driver in F2.
"I really enjoyed testing the Williams F2 car. The adjustable front wings, roll bar and overboost all make it great to drive. Now I need to get used to driving the 500bhp car in the race."
Series director Jonathan Palmer added: "I'm delighted to welcome David into this year's championship and I'm really pleased he's selected F2 for his first international campaign after five years competing in Asia.
"His participation means the modern era of Formula 2 has now featured drivers from 24 different countries across four continents - a remarkable statistic considering we're entering just our fourth season."
Zhu joins Luciano Bacheta and Parthiva Sureshwaren as the drivers confirmed so far for this year's championship.