Gabriele Mini will contest a second Formula Regional European Championship season with ART Grand Prix next year, after finishing seventh as a rookie with the team in 2021.
The protege of Nicolas Todt debuted in single-seater racing in 2020, winning the Italian Formula 4 title with Prema and coming 10th in the ADAC F4 championship in a part-time campaign with the team.
He then stepped up to FREC with ART GP, a team Todt has long-standing connnections with as a former stakeholder, and he picked up a podium in his second weekend in the series. Three further podiums put him second in the rookie standings.
“I am very happy to continue my young career with ART Grand Prix, because it is a family just as much as it is a fantastic team,” said Mini.
“They welcomed me with open arms in 2021 and I believe we had a good first season. I learnt a lot and the next step is to fight for the title, and I know I have all the tools to do it, both from the team and myself.
“I want to thank my sponsors, my management as well as the Italian Federation ACI for their support and confidence.”
ART GP’s president Sebastien Philippe said Mini “lived up to all of our expectations in his first year” in FREC, and is expecting him to succeed Gregoire Saucy in winning the title for the team.
“At just 16 years of age and despite all the pressure to do well after such a flamboyant debut in motorsport, he has been able to progress both mentally and sportingly,” Philippe said.
“ART GP has confidence in Gabriele to become a leader and go for the title next season.”