Italian Formula 4 champion Lance Stroll will race for Prema Powerteam in the upcoming Formula 3 European Championship.

The 16-year-old Canadian was recently added to the Ferrari Driver Academy and will continue to race for Prema as he steps up into Euro F3.

"After his phenomenal title run in the Italian F4 Championship, in what was effectively his maiden open-wheel season, it was natural for us to continue the relationship with Lance," Prema team manager Rene Rosin said.

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The young driver will team-mate the already announced Jake Dennis at Prema in the Mercedes-powered Dallara cars, with the team planning to reveal its final driver line up in the coming weeks. The Italian team are reigning Euro F3 champions and Rosin is confident Stroll will be able to comfortably adapt to the new series.

"For him, it will be the first time in an international car racing environment but I reckon he will be up to this new adventure," Rosin added. "Winter testing has been extremely positive so far, also because Lance is a young guy able to listen and then put the advice into practice. So we are positively looking forward to the first round of the season."

The Euro F3 season commences on the weekend of the 12th April at Silverstone.