Prema Powerteam has announced Brazilian driver Giuliano Raucci as its third driver for this year’s Italian F4 Championship.
Raucci is stepping up to single-seaters this year from karting, where he finished sixth in the junior world championship in 2013, just behind 2014 world champions Lando Norris and Enaam Ahmed.
He is also competing in Brazilian F3 this year, sitting fifth in the standings after last month’s opening round at Curitiba.
“It’s a great honour to sign a contract with Prema Powerteam to race the F4 series,” he said.
“It’s an important step for my career as this will be my first season in single seaters after years of karting. Of course, it will be a different challenge as for all rookies, but I’m sure Prema Powerteam will teach me a lot in my debut year as they have a lot of experience and won several races and titles. I’m sure we can aim for some major goals in 2015.”
Prema, who took Lance Stroll and Brandon Maisano to the Championship and Trophy titles in last year’s inaugural Italian F4 season, had previously named Estonian Ralf Aron and Chinese Ferrari prospect Guanyu Zhou as drivers for this season.
?Giuliano is definitely an interesting prospect,” said Prema’s Angelo Rosin.
“In Brazil, he went from win to win and from title to title in kart racing, showing he’s among the world’s best young racers. We’re delighted to have such a talented young driver in our team for the Italian F4 Championship.”
2015 Italian F4 line-up so far
|Prema Powerteam||Ralf Aron, Guanyu Zhou, Giuliano Raucci|
|Euronova Racing||Mauricio Baiz, Marino Sato|
|Antonelli Motorsport||Alex Peroni|
|Torino Squadra Corse||Joao Vieira|
|Malta Formula Racing||Raul Guzman|