Trident have confirmed that Sami Meguetounif will be driving for them in FIA Formula 3 next year, becoming their second signing for the 2024 campaign.

19-year-old Meguetounif joins the Italian team off the back of finishing ninth in the 2023 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine season, taking three podiums in his second campaign. He also completed post-season testing with Trident earlier this year, recording six top 10 session times.

The French rookie said that he was delighted to be partnering up with Trident in F3 and is ready to put in the hard work needed over the winter break to smooth his transition to the Championship and his new machinery.

“I’m really really really happy to be joining Trident. We all know the good job the team did in these past seasons. I’m very excited to start this new challenge and to be driving during the same race weekends as the big boys of Formula 1. I will work hard this winter to arrive in Bahrain well-prepared.

“I have already started working with the team during the post-season tests and they already taught me so much to make my adaptation to this new category better and help me go faster. I would also like to thank my sponsors for their amazing support.”

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Meguetounif’s racing career began in karting, where he became the French National Champion twice in 2017 and 2018 in the Rotax Junior category. Stepping up to single-seaters the following year, he made guest appearances in the Formula 4 South East Asia Championship and French F4.

Returning for a full-season in French F4 in 2020, he finished fourth overall with one win, two pole positions and eight podiums. Switching to ADAC F4 for the 2021 season, he finished 11th in the Standings before moving up to FRECA, taking his maiden podium in the opening round.

2023 saw him begin the year competing in the Formula Regional Middle East Championship, earning one win, two poles and two podiums before returning for his second FRECA campaign.

Giacomo Ricci, Trident Team Manager added: “We are delighted to welcome a promising driver like Sami Meguetounif to our line-up. The Marseille-born driver achieved good results in the FRECA championship and impressed the team's technical staff in the collective 2024 preparation tests at Jerez, Barcelona and Imola. We are convinced that, by joining the Trident Motorsport family, Sami will find the right environment to make great steps within the motorsport ladder."