Nazim Azman will become the first Malaysian driver to race in Formula 3 this season with Hitech Grand Prix announcing that they have signed the 20-year-old for the 2022 campaign.

Azman completes Hitech’s line-up for the season, joining Kaylen Frederick and Isack Hadjar at the Silverstone-based squad.

The Malaysian racer spent the 2021 season in the Euroformula Open Championship, winning once and taking seven podiums to finish fourth overall.

Azman ran on all three days of 2021 post-season testing in Valencia, spending the first two days with Jenzer Motorsport and the final day with Charouz Racing System, as he got his first taste of F3 machinery.

“I’m really excited to be stepping up to the FIA F3 series with Hitech GP,” said Azman. “The team is an established race and championship winner in the F3 category and will provide me with the perfect platform from which to focus on racing against some of the best young talent in the world.

"I’m looking forward to racing in Bahrain again, visiting some of the most iconic circuits in Europe — some of which I am already familiar with and others that will be new to me. I can't deny that this is a big step up for me but, having raced — and won — in both the British and EuroFormula Open series, I believe that I am ready for the challenge.”

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Azman drove for Jenzer and Charouz in post-season testing last year
Azman drove for Jenzer and Charouz in post-season testing last year

Azman made his single-seater debut in the 2016-17 season of Formula 4 SEA and has since gained further experience with races in Spanish F4, SMP F4, Formula Masters Asian Series and Italian F4.

The 20-year-old spent two seasons in BRDC British F3, where he finished third with Carlin in 2020, before his switch to Euroformula.

Team manager Jay Davenport added: “We are delighted to have Nazim join the team for the 2022 season, he has a competitive track record in the other series and we aim to give him a package to do the same this season. We have been working hard over the winter and we are keen to get back to business on track in Bahrain.”