Trident have confirmed Gabriel Bortoleto as their first recruit for the 2023 FIA Formula 3 campaign, with the Brazilian rookie joining off the back of a successful post-season test with the team in Jerez and he becomes the first driver to be announced for next season.
Currently competing in the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine, the 17-year-old has one win and three podiums to his tally across the first eight rounds. Earlier this year, he also took home a victory in Formula Regional Asian Championship at Yas Marina.
Prior to stepping up to FRECA, Bortoleto finished fifth in Italian F4, claiming one win, five podiums and two pole positions along the way.
"I am extremely delighted for the chance to compete in the 2023 FIA Formula 3 Championship with a high-level team like Trident Motorsport,” said Bortoleto. “I would like to thank every member of the team for the warm welcome I have been given. I feel ready for a new chapter in my career and to move to a higher series in single-seaters. I will put my best effort to make the most of this great opportunity.”
Topping the timing sheets on Day 2 of post-season testing for the Italian team, Bortoleto also recorded the fastest overall time from the three-day event around the Spanish circuit and impressed technical staff from the outset, according to Trident.
Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager added: "We are proud to welcome a promising driver like Gabriel Bortoleto to our line-up. He needs no introduction as he has been extremely competitive since his karting days and is now collecting impressive results in the FRECA championship as well.
“We are sure that by joining the Trident Motorsport family, Gabriel will receive solid support from every team member and prove his value and qualities."