Villagomez spent his rookie season with HWA RaceLab but failed to score a single point.

The Mexican moves to new entrant Van Amersfoort for his second season.

The Dutch outfit is racing in F2 and F3 after taking over HWA’s entry at the end of last year.

Villagomez is familiar with the team having raced for VAR in EuroFormula Open in 2021, finishing eighth in the final standings.

“Last year was certainly a learning year for me, which I knew it would be,” he said. “The move up from Formula 4 to FIA F3 was a big step, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Now I feel ready to compete at a higher level and aim for points and podium finishes.

“Having raced with them in Euroformula Open last year, I know Van Amersfoort Racing very well. It gives me great confidence to have them at my side, especially since I know how dedicated they are towards this programme.”

Van Amersfoort CEO Rob Niessink added: “It is always great to be able to progress with a driver into a second year.

“Both driver and crew have grown close together during the season and despite Rafael moving up to another category within VAR, we know him well and he knows our way of working through and through. Rafael faced a steep learning curve last year, something that was anticipated.

“For the upcoming season, his approach is certainly focused on scoring points and finishing on the podium. Besides the fact that our crew fully supports Rafael in every step he makes this season, he also brings along valuable F3 experience gathered last year.”