Formula 3's reigning champions PREMA Racing have announced their first signing for the 2021 season: Arthur Leclerc. The 20-year-old Monegasque driver, part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, will be at his fourth full season in single-seaters having started his career in 2018 in the French Formula 4 Championship.

In 2019, he stepped up to the challenging German series, finishing in third place overall. In 2020, he amassed six wins and eight pole positions, finishing as a runner-up in the Regional Series.

Leclerc joined the Italian team in the two F3 postseason test sessions at Barcelona and Jerez last October.

Team Principal René Rosin said: “I am delighted to welcome Arthur to our FIA Formula 3 operation. He experienced a high-quality season in 2020, ending up with more wins than anybody else in the Regional championship. His skills come with a dedicated approach to the hard work behind the scenes, which is clearly what we are looking for at this level. We can’t wait to start preparing for the season ahead!”

Arthur Leclerc added: “I am really happy to announce that I will step up to FIA F3 with Prema Racing next year. I have quite a bit of experience with the team as it will be my second year with them and we established a special relationship. It will be a completely new challenge for me, a lot more drivers on the grid and a weekend format that looks really exciting! I can’t wait to start the season.”