Czech racer Roman Staněk will join Trident for his third season of Formula 3, making the switch from Hitech Grand Prix.

The 17-year-old made his F3 debut at the start of the 2020 season, joining Charouz Racing System as the youngest driver on the grid.

He scored his first points in the penultimate round of the season at Monza, finishing eighth in Race 1, before opting for a second season in the third tier at Hitech.

Finishing in the top 10 four times, Staněk scored two podiums during 2021, finishing third in Race 2 at Budapest and Race 1 at Spa-Francorchamps.

“I am proud to be part of the Trident Motorsport line-up as it is a leading force among F3 teams,” said Staněk. “I hope to bring in experience and speed to help the team defend its 2021 title.

“In my first two seasons in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, I’ve grown up constantly, and I am sure that with Trident Motorsport, we will have all the components needed to compete at a high level.”

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Staněk scored two podiums last season with Hitech before switching to Trident for post-season testing
Staněk scored two podiums last season with Hitech, before switching to Trident for post-season testing

Ahead of the jump to F3, the Czech racer won the rookie title in ADAC Formula 4 and took fifth in Italian F4, with three wins and six podiums across the two series.

Trident Team Manager Giacomo Ricci added: “We are proud to welcome a racer with such outstanding qualities like Roman Staněk. Despite being only 17, Roman is in his third year in the category and will bring the right amount of experience and speed.

“That will allow the team to continue its winning tradition in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. Roman impressed the technical staff l during the 2021 post-season test when he was constantly among the fastest drivers on the track.”