Campos Racing has announced the first of its FIA Formula 3 drivers with the signing of Belgian teenager Amaury Cordeel.
The 18-year-old joins the Spanish squad having impressed in junior categories, most notably winning the 2018 Spanish Formula 4 Championship.
During his title-winning campaign Cordeel recorded four wins and 12 podiums from the 16 races.
In the last two seasons he has contested the Formula Renault Eurocup with MP Motorsport, and in 2020 with two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso’s FA Racing outfit.
Cordeel also made appearances in the FIA Asian F3 series last year.
The driver announcement is Campos Racing’s first since the tragic death of its team founder Adrian Campos last week.
The announcement stated the team is “determined to carry on his legacy tirelessly working towards success.”
“All winter the people around me have worked hard. We finally concluded a great agreement with Campos Racing because we know that this team retains the required know-how to assist me as a ‘rookie’ in an ideal context,” said Cordeel.
“Over the last few years with their Driver Academy the team has proven to possess the right baggage to groom drivers for the top class, namely F1.
“I wish to thank my partners and hope that in the coming years together with them and with Campos Racing we write a wonderful motorsport chapter.
“Sadly, there is also less good news, because in the middle of last week my Campos Racing team unexpectedly lost their founding father, Adrian Campos Sr.
“I therefore wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere condolences.”
Adrian Campos Jr, the team’s sporting director, says the squad has high expectations for its new recruit.
“I would like to welcome Amaury to the team on behalf of all Campos Racing members and especially my father,” said Campos Jr.
“Amaury is a driver who knows what it is to win a championship such as the Spanish F4 series back in 2018, and in whom we have high expectations.”
The FIA Formula 3 championship is set to begin at the Spanish Grand Prix on 8-9 May, following a series of three pre-season tests, beginning at Jerez on 25-26 February.
Furthermore, Mexican driver Rafael Villagomez will make the step up to FIA Formula 3 this season with the HWA Racelab squad.
His graduation comes after contesting French Formula 4 last year, which he dovetailed with select appearances in British Formula 4.
FIA F3 2021 grid so far
Prema Racing: Arthur Leclerc, Dennis Hauger, Olli Caldwell
ART Grand Prix: Frederik Vesti, Aleksandr Smolyar, Juan Manuel Correa
Hitech Grand Prix: Jak Crawford, Ayumu Iwasa, Roman Stanek
HWA Racelab: Matteo Nannini, Rafael Villagomez, TBA
MP Motorsport: TBA,TBA,TBA
Campos Racing: Amaury Cordeel,TBA,TBA
Carlin Buzz Racing: Jonny Edgar, TBA,TBA
Jenzer Motorsport: Calan Williams, Pierre-Louis Chovet, TBA
Charouz Racing System: TBA,TBA,TBA