Francesco Simonazzi has been confirmed as staying at BVM Racing for a second full season in Euroformula.
The Italian had long been expected to continue with the team, led by Giuseppe Mazzotti, which announced last November that it would expand from one car to two in the series for 2023.
BVM has raced with a single car for Simonazzi since rejoining Euroformula in the penultimate round of the 2021 season, and claimed a win and three other podiums in 2022. Simonazzi delivered the team its first win in its 97th race in the series.
“I don’t want to sound too optimistic, but I think we can be fighting at the very top,” said Simonazzi.
“At least, that is the objective of both the team and mine. We have worked well and done a great step forward and I can’t wait to be at the winter test in Barcelona to measure ourselves with our 2023 rivals.”
The 18-year-old is the second driver to be confirmed as racing in Euroformula this year, following Motopark’s signing of Noel Leon, and has had a disrupted off-season which has been light on testing.
“Unfortunately, we had a small technical issue on the only dry day [at the collective Barcelona test last month] and couldn’t use the opportunity fully,” he added.
“Still, I think we will be competitive this year and can be fighting for wins and the title. The car is currently being rebuilt from A to Z. I now know the Dallara 320 very well but there is always room for improvement.”