Fernando Alonso-backed youngster lands F3 seat with ART for 2023

Henry Valantine
Formula 3 driver Nikola Tsolov. December 2022.

Teenage Formula 3 driver Nikola Tsolov, after signing with ART. December 2022.

Teenage driving talent Nikola Tsolov, managed by Fernando Alonso, has earned himself a drive in Formula 3 next season with ART.

The 15-year-old Bulgarian driver made the step up to single seaters for the first time in 2022 after his karting career, shortly after signing with Alonso’s A14 Management agency.

He then went on to win the Spanish Formula 4 title in dominant fashion this season, taking 13 victories from the 21 races in the series – including a run of eight consecutive wins in the middle of the year, as well as having 15 pole positions to his name in that time.

Tsolov is also signed to the Alpine Academy, and will have the chance to show off his talents on race weekends with the eyes of Formula 1 teams upon him as he joins the premier series’ support calendar for 2023, having wrapped up the Spanish F4 title with three races to spare.

He took part in a post-season test in Formula 3 machinery, and was subsequently offered a contract to race with ART next year.

Tsolov said after signing his Formula 3 deal: “It’s a pleasure for me to be stepping up to FIA F3 next year with ART Grand Prix. They’ve been very successful in every championship they’ve competed in and a lot of F1 drivers have been a part of the team. So, I’m super happy to start our journey!”

Alonso and A14 now have six drivers signed to their books, including current Formula 2 talent Clément Novalak, who will begin his second full season in the series next year, with Tsolov set to compete against A14 stablemate Pepe Marti in Formula 3 in 2023.

Alonso’s agency also recently signed German driver Max Günther, previously a Formula 2 driver before making his way into Formula E – where he is about to begin his fifth season in the all-electric series, having moved from Nissan to Maserati for the year ahead.

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