Pastor Maldonado's cousin Manuel joins BRDC British Formula 3 field

The cousin of Formula 1 race winner Pastor Maldonado will compete in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship this year

Pastor Maldonado's cousin Manuel joins BRDC British Formula 3 field

Manuel Maldonado was the relative carried out of the Williams garage by his cousin when a fire broke out on the Sunday of the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, just hours after the older Maldonado had won the race.

Teenager Maldonado stepped up to car racing last season and raced in Italian Formula 4 before contesting the MRF Challenge in India over the winter.

Maldonado will race for Fortec in British F3 and completes its line-up, the team having previously signed Ben Hingeley and British F4 graduate Nicolai Kjaergaard for the 2017 season.

Maldonado drove one of Fortec's Tatuus BRDC F3 cars before completing the deal, having previously tested its F4 machinery.

The 17-year-old is the second driver this week to confirm his participation in the 2017 BRDC F3 championship, with South African Callan O'Keeffe having joined Douglas Motorsport.

O'Keeffe, a former Red Bull junior, will partner British F4 race winner Petru Florescu at Douglas in five of the championship's eight rounds this year, the Romanian balancing his British F3 commitments with a Euroformula Open campaign.

Jamie Chadwick, the youngest winner of a British GT title, was announced as Double R's first signing last Wednesday.

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