The 19 year-old Italian makes his debut in the championship this weekend, having most recently raced in the EuroFormula Open Championship where he is already a race winner. Simonazzi has claimed several podiums in the series in both the 2023 and 2022 seasons, learning his race craft on some of Europe's best circuits. Prior to this, the Italian racer competed in the Italian F4 Championship.
Francesco Simonazzi said,
"This is a great opportunity for me, although it has all come together incredibly quickly, I still can't quite believe it!"
"However, it's a moment that all young racing drivers are working towards and I am determined to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can, while the best possible job for the team.
"Rodin Carlin has shown many times that it is an excellent place for a driver to start his Formula 3 career and intend to make the most of the opportunity."
Team Principal Trevor Carlin added,
"We're delighted to give Francesco his first taste of Formula 3 this weekend. It's going to be a lot to take in on one of the longest and most challenging circuits in the sport, with changeable weather to take into account as well! But Francesco comes into the weekend with exactly the right attitude and I know he will do a great job both inside and outside the car with the team this weekend."