Franco Colapinto has become the newest member of the Williams Racing Driver Academy, as MP Motorsport have announced that the Argentinian driver will be reuniting with them for his sophomore Formula 3 campaign.

A standout performer of the 2022 season, Colapinto scored pole position on his and Van Amersfoort Racing’s debut weekend in Sakhir, before going on to achieve two wins and a further three podiums.

“I’m so pleased to have signed with MP for my second season in FIA Formula 3”, said Colapinto. “I only have fond memories of my years in Formula Renault and Formula Regional with the team, a cooperation that resulted in many wins and pole positions. I’m eager to resume the run of success that we have had and fully intend to expand on it. Next year is going to be great!”

Colapinto clocked in 248 laps for MP at the post-season test in Jerez and secured the fastest time of the final day
Colapinto clocked in 248 laps for MP at the post-season test in Jerez and secured the fastest time of the final day

Having made his single-seater debut in 2019, Colapinto immediately set out to make his mark by achieving the Spanish F4 title at the first time of asking.

Progressing up to Formula Renault Eurocup the following year with MP, the Argentinian secured third in the Standings. Embarking on a campaign in the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine with the Dutch squad in 2021, Colapinto closed his season sixth, with two wins and two further podium finishes.

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Alongside his running in FRECA, he gained additional experience in endurance racing, taking home a victory in the European Le Mans Series LMP2 class and finishing seventh in his first 24 Hours of Le Mans.

For the 2023 campaign, Colapinto will be lining up alongside Spanish rookie Mari Boya and the returning Jonny Edgar at MP.

Sander Dorsman, MP Motorsport Team Principal, added: “It’s so good to be able to welcome Franco back into the MP fold. He’s been outstanding in his two years with us, and in his other two seasons since his promotion from karts Franco was always among our most daunting rivals! With a first season of FIA F3 under his belt, he now carries the weight needed for a consistently frontrunning campaign – and we’re here to help him achieve that.”