F3 grid complete as Jenzer firms up 2019 line-up
Swiss outfit Jenzer Motorsport has finalised its line-up for the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship, thus completing the grid for the new-look series' inaugural season.
The last of the 10 teams to officially unveil its full roster, Jenzer has signed 18-year-old German racer Andreas Estner.
Estner already drove for the team in the two-day pre-season test at Paul Ricard in March, and is currently in action in the second test in Barcelona.
“I have to stay on the ground,” said Estner of his debut F3 season. “The competition is enormous and almost all bring much more experience. This is bound to be a learning year.”
Having spent much of the past three years racing in German F4, Estner finished 14th overall in the series in 2018, missing two rounds.
He fared better in Italian F4, scoring a podium in a one-off Mugello outing, and placed fourth in the MRF Challenge this past off-season, taking three wins along the way.
The German, who ended the Barcelona F3 test 22nd overall, will partner European Formula 3 graduate Artem Petrov and new Red Bull junior Yuki Tsunoda at Jenzer.
“We welcome Andreas in our team,” said team principal Andreas Jenzer. "His potential is obvious and Andreas does not shy away from hard work. The results will come.”
The 2019 F3 season will begin in Barcelona, which will host races on May 11 and 12.
Andreas Estner, Jenzer Motorsport
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Confirmed FIA Formula 3 drivers for 2019:
ART Grand Prix: David Beckmann, Max Fewtrell, Christian Lundgaard
Campos Racing: Alex Peroni, Alessio Deledda, Sebastian Fernandez
Carlin: Felipe Drugovich, Logan Sargeant, Teppei Natori
Charouz: Fabio Scherer, Lirim Zendeli, Raoul Hyman
Hitech GP: Juri Vips, Leonardo Pulcini, Yifei Ye
HWA: Bent Viscaal, Keyvan Andres, Jake Hughes
Jenzer Motorsport: Artem Petrov, Yuki Tsunoda, Andreas Estner
MP Motorsport: Simo Laaksonen, Richard Verschoor, Liam Lawson
Prema Racing: Marcus Armstrong, Jehan Daruvala, Robert Shwartzman
Trident: Niko Kari, Pedro Piquet, Devlin DeFrancesco
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