Hitech Grand Prix have confirmed that Italian driver Gabriele Mini will compete with the team in next season's FIA Formula 3 Championship.

The 17-year-old took part in the post-season test at Jerez with the team, setting the fastest time on the opening day at the Spanish circuit.

His debut season racing single-seaters was capped off with the Italian F4 title, with four wins and 12 podiums by the end of the campaign.

Mini has previously driven for Hitech, competing in the Formula Regional Asia series earlier this year, finishing fourth in the standings.

This season, Mini finished second in the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine, taking three wins and six podiums along the way.

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Team Principal Oliver Oakes said that Mini's performances throughout the junior categories and work with the team in other series had impressed the team.

"I have been following Gabriele’s career for some time through Karting, then into F4. We had the pleasure to work with him earlier this year in Asian F3 with good results, seeing first-hand his commitment and talent. He has had an impressive season in FRECA and he was instantly up to speed during the FIA F3 post-season testing in Jerez, so we look forward to seeing him with Hitech in 2023."

“After two seasons in FRECA, FIA F3 is the logical step for me and I’m delighted to be joining Hitech for the 2023 season," Mini said of his signing with Hitech. "We already worked together last winter in Formula Regional Asia and enjoyed strong results. The team did a solid job last season fighting for the driver’s title until the last round so I’m confident they will perform at the highest level. Testing in Jerez last month went well and I cannot wait to be back in the car next year.”