MP Motorsport have announced Mari Boya will make his Formula 3 debut with the team next season, becoming their first signing for the 2023 campaign.

Boya will make the step up from the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine after two seasons in the category. The 18-year-old scored his maiden podium in Valencia last year, before going on to finish 10th in the Standings in 2022.

During his first run behind the wheel of MP’s machinery at the post-season test in Jerez, Boya put in a solid showing, finishing inside the top 10 during the final morning session and clocking in 225 laps across all three days.

“It’s a great feeling to know that this winter I will be gearing up for a vital next step in my career, moving up to FIA Formula 3 with MP Motorsport”, said Boya. “It’s so good to be able to do that together with MP. Having worked so well with the team in 2020 and in recent months, I had no doubts in signing with them for my FIA F3 debut. I’m really looking forward to racing in front of all the Grand Prix teams, and can’t wait for the first round in Bahrain!”

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After five years of karting, Boya made his single-seater debut in Spanish F4 in 2020, achieving three wins, 14 podiums and two pole positions on his way to second in the Drivers’ Championship as a rookie.

MP will be a familiar surrounding for Boya, having driven for the Dutch team in both Spanish F4 and during the second half of his sophomore FRECA campaign.

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Team Principal Sander Dorsman added: ““We are very pleased to welcome Mari to our FIA Formula 3 team. Although he will be new to FIA F3, he is very much a known quantity to us. In 2020, his first season in single-seaters with us in Spanish F4 was truly outstanding, and it was good to welcome him back into our FRECA team in the course of this season. He already showed much promise during the post-season tests. Now we are eager to use that as a platform to set him up for the strongest possible rookie year in FIA F3.”