Matteo Nannini, the nephew of 1989 Japanese Grand Prix Formula 1 race winner Alessandro, has become Jenzer Motorsport’s second signing for the upcoming 2020 FIA Formula 3 season.

The 16-year-old Italian graduates to FIA F3 after winning the Formula 4 UAE title with seven victories, 16 podiums and six pole positions during his maiden season in single-seaters that also saw him compete in the Formula Regional European Championship. Nannini also entered a single round of the 2019 Formula Renault Eurocup season and finished fifth on his debut.

Nannini has tested for Jenzer in both Formula Regional and F4 and his impressive performances across 2019 have persuaded the Swiss squad to sign him to its FIA F3 line-up, which currently consists of Australian driver Calan Williams, a fellow rookie in the championship.

“I am very excited to move to the FIA Formula 3 Championship." Nannini said.

"I have done a pre-season testing with Jenzer Motorsport and I am happy to continue my racing career with this great team.

“I know the level of the series is highly-competitive. Most of the circuits are new for me. But I feel pretty confident to do well.”

Jenzer claimed seventh place in last year’s FIA F3 standings and took a single victory thanks to Red Bull-Honda F1 protege Yuki Tsunoda’s triumph at Monza. Tsunoda, who recorded a further two podium appearances for the team, has subsequently stepped up to race in FIA Formula 2 in 2020 with Carlin.

Jenzer team principal, Andreas Jenzer, added: “Working with Matteo in testing showed us his big potential.

“We are very pleased to have him in our FIA Formula 3 Championship team and we are looking forward to a great season together.”

 

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