Chinese racer Ye Yifei has joined HitechGP for the 2019 FIA Formula 3 (F3) Championship to complete the British outfit’s line-up.

Yifei graduates to F3 after racing in the Formula Renault championships for two seasons in 2017 and 2018 where he finished third overall last year. In the two seasons in the French F4 series in 2015 and 2016, Yifei took the title in the latter.

“I am extremely happy and excited to join Hitech GP for the upcoming 2019 season in the FIA F3,” said Yifei. “Hitech GP is one of the leading teams in Europe given the result they’ve shown in recent years.

“I have also proved myself as a Chinese driver to have led a big part of the championship and fought for the title last year in the Formula Renault Eurocup. I feel very confident to team up with Hitech GP alongside two experienced and highly skilled teammates.

“This year will be a tough fight with the newly introduced F3 in a 30-car field but I am absolutely sure that with the team we will be fighting right at the top.” The Chinese racer joins Juri Vips and Leonardo Pulcini to complete the 2019 line-up.

Hitech GP’s Team Principal, Oliver Oakes, added: “We are delighted for Ye to join us in the newly formed FIA Formula 3 Championship for the upcoming season. His pedigree to date in French F4 and Formula Renault is evident.

“We were impressed by him in the Asian F3 Winter Series, so we are looking forward to having him as part our line-up for the season.” As Oakes alluded to, Yifei recently competed in the Asian F3 Winter Series where he finished second overall.

2019 F3 line-up so far:

Prema – Marcus Armstrong, Jehan Daruvala & Robert Shwartzman

Jenzer – Yuki Tsunoda, Artem Petrov

HitechGP – Juri Vips, Leonardo Pulcini & Ye Yifei

ART – David BeckmannChristian Lundgaard & Max Fewtrell

Campos Racing – Sebastian Fernandez, Alex Peroni & Alessio Deledda

Carlin – Teppei Natori, Felipe Drugovich & Logan Sargeant

HWA Racelab: Keyvan Andres, Bent Viscaal & Jake Hughes

Charouz Racing System – Fabio Schrer, Lirim Zendeli & Raoul Hyman

Trident – Niko Kari, Pedro Piquet & Devlin Defrancesco

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