Brandon Maisano has completed the Prema Powertrain line up for the FIA Formula 3 European championship for the upcoming season.

The 21-year-old competed for Prema in the Italian Formula 3 series in 2012, finishing third. After his route into Euro F3 was blocked by limited opportunities last year the French driver graduated to the Formula 4 Trophy with Prema, winning the title with a staggering 17 victories from 21 races.

As a result, Maisano has impressed enough to earn a race seat in a Dallara-Mercedes with the Italian team and he is thrilled to secure a consistent drive with Prema.

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"I am delighted to be racing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship," Maisano said. "It is an important step in my career and I will do my utmost to be among the front runners as often as possible. I know the Prema Powerteam very well and I know that I can develop myself very well here."

The Italian team bagged the Euro F3 title with Esteban Ocon last season and has now confirmed its four driver team, with Maisano joining Jake Dennis, Felix Rosenqvist and Lance Stroll.

"We know Brandon very well and we rate him highly," Prema Powerteam team manager Ren? Rosin said. "After he had to leave Formula 3 due to lack of opportunities in 2013, he restarted his career in Formula 4 in 2014 and showed his skills with great results.

"We feel that he deserves a chance in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and we are confident that he will put in good results there, too."