Off the back of his 2023 Formula 3 title, Invicta Virtuosi Racing has confirmed that Gabriel Bortoleto will move up to Formula 2 with the team in 2024. The Brazilian will also be taking part in post-season testing with the team at the Yas Marina Circuit later this week.

This season, Bortoleto hit the ground running by winning the opening two Feature Races in Sakhir and Melbourne. It gave him an early lead in the Drivers’ Championship and one that he never gave up, going on to secure a further four podium finishes with Trident en route to the title.

Bortoleto said that it was an exciting next step in his career and that he couldn’t wait to get started with a team of Virtuosi’s calibre.

“I am very excited to announce that in the 2024 season, I will be competing with Invicta Virtuosi Racing in FIA Formula 2. They have a winning history, having secured the runner-up position in the team championship three times, and together, our goal will be to aim for the best positions for the team.

“In 2023, they achieved pole positions and victories, and I hope to build a strong and consistent story with them throughout the year. We will have a new car in the championship, and our first challenge will be to adapt quickly and efficiently to start the year on a high note.

“I am coming from a season of significant personal growth, culminating in the FIA F3 title. I hope to continue this process of evolution as a driver in 2024 and naturally become a victorious driver in the next stages of my career.”

Invicta Virtuosi Racing Team Principal Andy Roche added that the team had been hugely impressed by Bortoleto’s F3-winning campaign and were excited to see how he will transition into F2 next season.

“We’re delighted to have Gabriel Bortoleto joining us for his debut season in Formula 2. His consistency throughout his rookie campaign in Formula 3 impressed everyone and earned him a convincing and thoroughly deserved championship victory. This was acknowledged by the world of F1 as he became a McLaren Development Driver.

“Gabriel has visited us at our base in Norfolk and kept in touch since his signing. He’s left a good impression on everyone here and has quickly become part of the team. We were impressed by his adaptation to Formula 3 and, like everyone, are excited to see what he can do in 2024 as he continues to hone and add to his already admirable skillset.”