American racer Kaylen Frederick has signed with Hitech Grand Prix for his second season of Formula 3, joining Red Bull junior Isack Hadjar at the Silverstone-based squad.

The 2020 BRDC British Formula 3 winner spent his first season with Carlin, making the points once with a ninth-place finish at the Red Bull Ring. However, the 19-year-old then missed the following two rounds of the season due to injury and illness.

Returning for the final two rounds of the season, Frederick came close to the points on two occasions, only narrowly missing out in Race 1 at Zandvoort and Race 3 at Sochi.

Spending all three days of post-season testing with Hitech, Frederick punched in four top 10 times from the six sessions.

“I am thrilled to race with Hitech GP for the 2022 FIA F3 season,” said Frederick. “Hitech have an established presence among many championships and a solid platform to build for success. We had a strong post-season test in Valencia and have continued to develop our working relationship.

“The entire team has been helpful in getting me acclimated to the new environment, so I am feeling super comfortable and confident heading into this year. I also would like to thank Pilot ONE Racing for their long-standing support which has allowed us to realize this great opportunity together.

“We have a great foundation under us with which to show our abilities. The season has an exciting calendar so I can’t wait to get started.”

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Frederick spent 2021 with Carlin making the points once with a ninth-place finish at the Red Bull Ring
Frederick spent 2021 with Carlin, making the points once with a ninth-place finish at the Red Bull Ring

Frederick’s single-seater career began back in America, with stints in the F1600 Championship Series and the U.S. F200 National Championship, before making a full-time move to European racing in 2019, competing for Carlin in BRDC British F3.

Finishing ninth in his rookie year, the American remained in the Championship for a second season with Carlin where he took the title, notching nine wins and 12 podiums from 24 races.

Hitech General Manager Jay Davenport added: “We are really pleased to have Kaylen join us for the 2022 season, he produced a strong performance driving a Hitech car at the Valencia test at the end of last season and we are eager to see him carry this form over into the coming race season.”

“We have been working hard over the winter break fine-tuning our cars and our approach and we are keen to get back to business on track in Bahrain next month.”