ART Grand Prix have confirmed that Nikola Tsolov will drive for the team in FIA Formula 3 next season. The Bulgarian drove for the French team during post-season testing at Jerez earlier this year and will now step up to F3 full-time.

Tsolov started racing in karting at 9 years old, winning the Bulgarian Republic Championship in back-to-back seasons in 2016 and ’17. In 2019 he claimed the WSK Open Cup the following year before going on to take second in the Italian Karting Championship and WSK Final Cup in 2021.

The Bulgarian then graduated to single seaters for 2022, dominating the Spanish F4 Championship, taking 13 victories on the way to the title.

He will now gear up for FIA Formula 3 with a team that has been hugely successful in F3, something that Tsolov says he is very excited about.

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“It's a pleasure for me to be stepping up to FIA F3 next year with ART Grand Prix,” he said. “They've been very successful in every championship they've competed in and a lot of F1 drivers have been a part of the team. So, I'm super happy to start our journey!”

Team Principal Sébastien Philippe added: “Although it was his debut in F3 and with ART Grand Prix, during the Jerez test Nikola confirmed his ability to adapt quickly and well to a new environment as well as getting the most out of the car. His natural speed is reinforced by a great thirst for learning and by remarkable seriousness and determination for such a young age.

“Nikola fits the profile of the young drivers ART Grand Prix takes under its wing and, in the wake of the team securing the FIA Formula 3 with Victor Martins, we want to lay the foundations for a strong line-up, one that is capable of fighting for victory from the very first race of 2023.”