Trident have announced that they have signed Leonardo Fornaroli for the 2023 Formula 3 season. Completing their driver line-up, the Italian racer will be competing alongside Oliver Goethe and fellow Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine graduate Gabriel Bortoleto.
18-year-old Fornaroli joins F3 off the back of a successful maiden FRECA campaign with the Italian team, scoring 15 points finishes in 20 races. His consistency was well rewarded, finishing eighth in the Drivers' Championship and taking the honours as the rookie of the year.
“I’m happy to continue my journey with Trident Motorsport, after this year’s success in Formula Regional with the team," said Fornaroli. "I believe Trident is the best place to keep growing and learning and to be able to debut in Formula 3 with them is a great opportunity for me.
"For these reasons, I would like to thank Maurizio Salvadori and his team for the trust and confidence they have in me. I also would like to thank my family, my manager, my coach and my sponsors for their ongoing support and help."
Having made his single-seater debut in 2020, Fornaroli dovetailed his rookie season in Italian F4 with a three race stint in ADAC Formula 4. Returning for a second campaign in Italian F4 last year, he seized one victory, seven podiums and two pole positions on his way to fifth in the Standings.
Progressing up to FRECA in 2022, he also made a three round appearance in the Formula Regional Asian Championship at the start of the year. Featuring for Trident at the post-season test in Jerez, Fornaroli notched in over 180 laps across the three days and made two top six appearances during the second day of running.
Giacomo Ricci, Trident's Team Manager, added: “Leonardo Fornaroli is without a doubt a promising young driver and we are proud to be with him in his debut in Formula 3. The path followed by Leonardo testifies the great work value made by Trident Motorsport to help young talents grow in minor categories with the goal of helping and preparing them for a future in Formula 1."