After getting his first impressions of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Nürburgring in 2017, Sacha Fenestraz is now ready for his first full season in the championship. The French-Argentine driver has signed a contract with Carlin, the British team which lead Lando Norris to the drivers’ and rookies’ championship last year.
“Since I first got behind the wheel of a Formula 3 car I really liked the handling and the aero efficiency of it,” Renault Sport Academy backed Fenestraz said. “So I’m really happy to compete in the 2018 European Championship and to do it with Carlin. The team is very professional in its approach to racing and you can quickly understand why it has such a track record in all single-seater categories. This environment will allow me to continue gaining experience. Next season, my goal will be to get first place in the Rookies classification and to get the best possible result in the overall Championship.”
Trevor Carlin added: “It’s with great pleasure that we can confirm Sacha joins the team for a full season campaign in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this year. Sacha has raced with us once in this championship already where he was extremely impressive in qualifying particularly. We were pleased to work with him again in Macau where as a rookie he was extremely impressive and finished the race very well – we know that he has the potential to do great things on track as he has already proven in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. So we have no doubt that he will be competitive from the beginning on.”
The 18-years-old Fenestraz is looking back on a successful season 2017 with winning the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and showing a good performance at his two Formula 3 appearances at the Nürburgring and in Macau. He was fourth in his first ever FIA F3 qualifying on the German circuit and also managed to score his first championship point by finishing tenth in the third race of the Nürburgring weekend.
In November Fenestraz demonstrated his skills on the infamous Guia circuit through the streets of Macau and finished on P7 in the main race of the FIA Formula 3 World Cup. Those skills certainly will come in handy, when the 2018 FIA F3 European Championship season kicks off at the traditional Grand Prix de Pau in May.