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Red Bull signs three new youngsters to Junior Team

The Red Bull Junior Team announces three new faces added to its 2016 roster with Euro F3 drivers Sergio Sette Camara and Niko Kari joining alongside MSA Formula driver Luis Leeds.
The Red Bull Junior Team has announced three new faces added to its 2016 roster with Euro F3 drivers Sergio Sette Camara and Niko Kari joining alongside MSA Formula driver Luis Leeds.

The team, run by Red Bull, provides financial support and sponsorship backing to up-and-coming drivers in lower formulas with the ultimate goal of finding the cream of the crop and promoting them into the company's F1 squads.

Previous drivers who graduated through the Junior Team include four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, former F1 Grand Prix winner and current Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo and F1 rookie of the year Max Verstappen.

Both Sette Camara and Kari have been confirmed to compete for Motopark in the 2016 European Formula 3 championship, with Sette Camara finishing his first full season in 14th place in the final drivers' standings and graced the podium twice at Spa and the Red Bull Ring respectively.

The Brazilian driver also caught the eye with strong performances the Zandvoort F3 Masters and the Macau Grand Prix and says he is thrilled to become part of the Red Bull set-up.

“I am very proud to join Red Bull family and it is a great opportunity to be part of it, I am very grateful for it,” Sette Camara said. “I am very confident for this coming season and really looking forward to start competing again. I am sure that, together with the team and working on the same direction as we are, we will get our objectives."

Joining Sette Camara in Euro F3 in 2016 is Finnish driver Niko Kari who stormed to the SMP F4 championship with seven wins and 19 further podiums in 21 races.

"That's the way I am looking at next season, of course I will have a lot to learn in F3 but I will work hard to make the best of this big opportunity,” the 16-year-old Finn said. “It's a great feeling to be invited to be part of the Red Bull Junior Team. I think it will be a fantastic year, I can't wait to see Pau, that will be my first street circuit and to go to Spa, that is my favourite, I have already tested there a few times in a Formula Renault and F3 car."

Completing the new names is 15-year-old Luis Leeds who shot to fame by winning the opening race of the new Mexican F4 series which acted as a support race to the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix.

The Australian is gearing up for a debut year in Britain's MSA Formula championship with Arden after completing his first F4 season in his home country in 2015.

"To think that I am now part of the Red Bull Junior Team is just incredible and I can't wait for the MSA Formula season to start in Britain,” Leeds said. “I know that the level of competition will be much higher but at least the cars will be the same so I can take what I have learnt here and make use of it."

The final line-up of the 2016 Red Bull Junior Team is expected to be announced in the coming weeks which will decide whether current members Pierre Gasly, Callum Ilott and Dean Stoneman will be retained.



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