Arthur Leclerc – brother of Charles – has joined the Ferrari Driver Academy from 2020 F1 season onward along with Dino Beganovic.

The signing of Leclerc and Beganovic takes the total to nine young racers in the Ferrari Driver Academy for 2020, which already has Mick Schumacher, Callum Ilott, Robert Shwartzman, Giuliano Alesi, Marcus Armstrong, Enzo Fittipaldi and Gianluca Petecof.

Among them, Schumacher, Ilott, Shwartzman, Alesi and Armstrong will race in F2, while Fittipaldi has signed to race in F3. The new signing Leclerc will compete in Formula Regional European Championship along with Petecof – as announced on Friday.

The duo will race for Prema Powerteam, with both Leclerc and Petecof graduating from F4 to take their first step in F3 level. At the same time, 15-year-old Beganovic will move from karting to F4 in 2020, with a full Italian F4 programme and limited German F4 season.

He will race for Italian outfit, Prema Powerteam, as well. The pre-season training programme is set for the second half of January, where Leclerc and Beganovic will join the seven racers will get together at Maranello to prepare for their upcoming 2020 season.

“It’s been a busy winter for the Ferrari Driver Academy,” said Ferrari Sporting Director Laurent Mekies. “We have been trying to build up the best development programme for our drivers in 2020, with a significant increase in their activities and training programme at our headquarters in Maranello.

“We have also been scouting for more talented youngsters and we are happy today to announce that Arthur and Dino are joining us for what’s going to be a very exciting season. We have FDA drivers in all the categories of the FIA single-seater ladder and our focus will be on supporting them the best we can in their development as racing drivers and as young individuals.

“All of us in Maranello are very much looking forward to seeing how our nine young drivers will perform over the coming months.” At the same time, Marco Matassa FDA Technical Director added: “Today we are very pleased to confirm two more young drivers (Leclerc and Beganovic) are joining our 2020 FDA line-up.

“All our drivers taking part in F3, Formula Regional and F4 are rookies in their respective categories, so the season looks like being very interesting and competitive. In each case, the FDA’s objectives are to continue to help them progress both technically and as individuals, in their path towards reaching our common goals.”

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