Devlin DeFrancesco will race in the remainder of the GP3 season with MP Motorsport, prioritising it over his existing European Formula 3 programme.
The 18-year-old Canadian was a race-winner in British Formula 4 and Euroformula Open with Carlin before stepping up to European F3 with the team on a full-time basis this year.
He missed last weekend’s round at the Norisring after travelling back to his home in Miami for dental surgery, having scored a best finish of 14th over the opening two events.
From this weekend’s races at the Red Bull Ring, he will occupy the third car in MP Motorsport’s GP3 line-up, as raced by Will Palmer and Christian Lundgaard at Barcelona and Paul Ricard respectively.
He will continue to race some F3 rounds when the calendar allows, but believes that GP3 is “the best option” ahead of it becoming the FIA’s new International F3 series next year.
?I was originally asked to race GP3 last year by a few teams and asked if I would consider a few one-off races this year? he commented.
?After considering changes the F3 and GP3 series are taking for 2019, switching to GP3 seems like the best option for the future. It will definitely be tough never having tested the car before but I?m super excited and up for the challenge?
Team boss Sander Dorsman added: ?We are happy to welcome Devlin in our team. His progress in British F4 and Euroformula Open was exciting to watch, and I?m sure that with us he will deliver on that promise.
“As a team, we will be there to help him get on with his first GP3 race weekend, and I?m convinced he will transform the experience into an ever-improving GP3 debut season.”