Trident have added a second driver to their roster for the 2021 campaign, announcing that Clément Novalak will join David Schumacher at the Italian team in Formula 3 this year.

The French-born racer makes the switch from Carlin for his second season at this level and will be hoping to add to his tally of two podiums with Trident. The 20-year-old scored 45 points and finished 12th in his rookie campaign.

“It is with great pleasure to announce that I will be racing with Trident this year,” said Novalak. “I am extremely honoured to join such a prestigious team and I hope to take this opportunity to achieve my goals.

“I had an amazing experience with the team last year throughout post season testing, and I really felt at one with the crew. Hence, I am extremely looking forwards to racing under the Trident colours for 2021.”

Novalak made the move into single-seaters in 2018, taking two wins, four podiums and three fastest laps in the Toyota Racing Series on his way to fifth. He also gained experience in Formula Renault Eurocup and BRDC British Formula 3 that year.

The 20-year-old continued in British F3 the following season and went on to take the title, sealing eight podiums, including two wins.

Team manager Giacomo Ricci added: “Clément is an extremely fast and competitive racer who has a lot of qualities. He is enthusiastic and absolutely dedicated to the work, I really like his approach and work method.

“We are delighted that he is part of our line-up for the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship. He impressed the team in the postseason tests and created great chemistry with all its members. I am sure that he is now set for a very competitive season under our banner.

“In 2020, he showed his full abilities, albeit with ups and downs. If he will make the step forward that I expect, he will be among the leading contenders in 2021.”