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Guan Yu Zhou back to Prema for second F3 season

by Peter Allen
Guan Yu Zhou

Photo: ACI Sport

Ferrari’s Chinese protege?Guan Yu Zhou will return to Prema for his second season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

Zhou raced for Prema in his rookie single-seater season in 2015, finishing second in Italian Formula 4.

For his move into F3 he drove for Motopark, scoring podiums in his first two weekends and finishing 13th in the standings.

His return to Prema comes as the Ferrari Driver Academy begins to work closely with the Italian outfit once more ahead of 2017, with Charles Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco already signed to its GP2 squad for?next season.

?I enjoyed working with them in 2015 and I am looking forward to working with them again next year,” said 17-year-old Zhou.

“They have had huge success in FIA Formula 3 in the past years and I will do my best to carry on their success for 2017.”

Team boss Rene Rosin added: ?I am delighted to welcome Zhou and the Ferrari Driver Academy back to our Formula 3 team.

“We worked with him in 2015 and we had already appreciated his skills as we helped him grow in his first season in single seaters.

“I am sure he will answer the bell in 2017 after getting valuable experience under his belt in 2016 and I hope to see him become the first winning Chinese driver in European competition.”

Zhou is the second driver Prema has announced for next season after former Van Amersfoort racer Callum Ilott, with Prema F4 graudate Mick Schumacher also set to be part of the line-up.