Hot off the back of a successful winter test and pre-season shakedown, 19-year-old Devlin DeFrancesco is to join Trident Motorsport for the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship.
Fresh off the back of a successful outing in prototypes at the Daytona 24 earlier this year, ending the gruelling 24 hour race P7, the Canadian-Italian is returning his attention to single-seaters and his ultimate goal of competing in Formula 1. Getting his first taste of the new FIA Formula 3 at Magny-Cours last week, Devlin immediately impressed posting several competitive times demonstrating his adaptability as a driver once more.
Despite making the switch to the championship’s predecessor GP3 mid-season last year and starting his first race with no testing under his belt, Devlin ran an impressive debut season, adapting quickly whilst matching his teammates in terms of speed and coming agonisingly close to points on several occasions.
Well in the midst of an intense winter training programme, Devlin will next his next taste of the new FIA F3 machinery as the grid heads for the first official test next month in Paul Ricard (France, 20 – 21st March). With a further two tests planned for April in Barcelona (Circuit de Catalunya, 09 – 10th) and Budapest (Hungaroring, 17-18th).
Following the Formula 1 calendar, the inaugural FIA F3 championship will be contested across 8 rounds kicking off in Barcelona in May and accumulating 5 months later in Sochi, Russia.
Relishing the upcoming challenge and feeling very much at home at his new team Devlin commented:
‘I’m super looking forward to this year. I started to work with Giacomo (Ricci – Team Manager) and everybody from Trident at the tail end of last year. These guys are pretty unbelievable, I have a great engineer, Andrea Mancini, and the mechanics and really switched on as well. The new car feels quite a bit different to last year. We learned a fair few things at the shakedown and I look forward to making more progress at the official test at Paul Ricard. it’s going to be a hard year it’s such a competitive field but I’m ready to bounce back from a difficult ‘18”
Devlin’s manager and president of Driver Management Stable XYZ Talents, Geraldo Rodrigues agrees that this is one of the most impressive fields that he has seen for a long time, but is confident in both Devlin and the team’s ability to challenge:
“This is a very exciting next step in Devlin’s career. He’s really put the work in over the winter and is looking very competitive. I have to confess that in my more than 25 years managing Drivers, the F3 grid this year, is one of the most competitive I've ever seen! Let's go up!”
Giacomo Ricci (Trident Team Manager) echoes: “We are delighted to welcome Devlin DeFrancesco. He really impressed us with the skills and consistency he showed last season. We also had the chance to evaluate him first-hand in postseason testing at Abu Dhabi, and he really impressed the technical staff of Team Trident, so we quickly found the right chemistry together. I am sure that all the best conditions are now in place for a high-quality season.”