Manor Motorsport have confirmed their first driver for the 2009 Formula 3 Euroseries after signing teenager Cesar Ramos to the team.
The 19-year-old comes to the team having competed in the competitive Formula Renault Eurocup this season, Ramos finishing seventh in the standings with BVM Minardi after three top five finishes, including a second place at Spa-Francorchamps.
Ramos makes the step up to Formula 3 having already tested with the team last month at Brands Hatch, the Brazilian revealing his delight at following in the footsteps of Lewis Hamilton and Kazuki Nakajima in signing for Manor.
"I'm really excited to join John Booth's Manor Motorsport. It's an highly-competitive and professional operation, and an ideal destination in order to experience a positive debut in the Formula 3 Euro Series.
“I also have to thank all the other teams that got interested in me for the 2009 season, offering a chance to test for them. The two years I spent in Italy have been incredible, but it's time to change: I'll be probably relocating close to the team's headquarters."
John Booth's Manor team endured a tough 2008 season, finishing fifth in the standings with just one win despite having a four-strong line-up of Sam Bird, Niall Breen, Kazuya Oshima and Koudai Tsukakoshi.