Reigning Eurocup champion Max Fewtrell will graduate to FIA Formula 3 Championship in 2019 with ART Grand Prix as a Renault Sport Academy driver.
Max Fewtrell joined the Renault academy in 2017 and finished sixth overall and top rookie in the Formula Renault Eurocup series. He stayed in the series for his second year and eventually took the title beating fellow junior Christian Lundgaard.
He now joins the Dane at ART in F3 for the 2019 season, completing the team’s driver line-up who had announced David Beckmann earlier on. “I’m very proud to remain with the Renault Sport Academy this season and I can’t wait to get back to racing,” said Max Fewtrell.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without Renault’s support but I know there’s a long way to go in my career and a lot more targets I have to reach. I look forward to continuing the hard work with the Academy and growing the connection with the Formula 1 team.
“Racing in Formula 3 will be interesting and it’s a very competitive category, but I relish the challenge and I will be putting the work in to be prepared.” The British racer becomes the ninth driver to be confirmed for the F3 series.
Renault’s Mia Sharizman added: “Max has been a great addition to the Renault Sport Academy since joining in 2017. He’s shown his talent across two seasons racing in the Formula Renault Eurocup meaning his connection with Renault has been increasingly strong.
“Max was fully deserving of his place on the programme for 2019 by winning the Eurocup last season and he continues to showcase his calibre as one of Britain’s best rising stars. We’re looking forward to continuing with Max and helping his progression through the junior categories with a season in Formula 3 his next challenge.”
2019 F3 line-up so far:
Prema – Marcus Armstrong, Jehan Daruvala
Jenzer – Yuki Tsunoda
HitechGP – Juri Vips
ART – David Beckmann, Christian Lundgaard & Max Fewtrell
Campos Racing – Sebastian Fernandez
Carlin – Teppei Natori
Aside Max Fewtrell, Renault also confirmed that Victor Martins will continue with their academy as well which he joined at the start of the 2018 season. He raced in the Eurocup series where he finished fifth overall.
He will continue to compete in the series for the second time with MP Motorsport where he will race alongside Amaury Cordeel and Lorenzo Colombo. “I’m really happy to be a Renault Sport Academy Driver for a second successive season and I’m grateful for this opportunity.
“Renault’s support has been excellent so far and I’ve been able to develop as a driver and as a person, which I look forward to continuing in 2019. I have one goal this year: to win the Formula Renault Eurocup title.
“I know it won’t be easy because it will be competitive and I have to learn to drive the new car. Nevertheless, it’s a challenge which excites me and I’m motivated to do my family and Renault proud,” he said.
As for the Renault academy, Fewtrell and Martins became the fourth and fifth driver after Lundgaard, Caio Collet and Guanyzu Zhou for the 2019 season – where the former three were the retained drivers while the latter two as newcomers.