Italian driver Matteo Nannini will drive for HWA Racelab in the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship, in support of the Formula 1 calendar.
Nannini made his FIA F3 debut with Jenzer Motorsport this year, scoring a maiden podium in the series at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and showing marked progress throughout the condensed COVID-19 impacted calendar.
Nannini's career began in karting at the age of six where he rose through the junior ranks. He was signed by double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso in 2015 to help accelerate his karting career and Nannini went on to win his second title as a young driver that season.
In 2019 Nannini made the jump to single-seaters and competed in the Formula 4 UAE Championship where he stole the show, taking 16 podiums, including seven wins, en route to topping the standings for that year.
The 17-year-old driver is excited to continue his journey in international single-seater competition with the newly reformed FIA F3 format which will see three races per round across seven weekends supporting the F1 calendar.
According to the provisional calendar, the season will commence in Spain in May before moving to France, Austria and Hungary. After Belgium, there will be two new F3 locations of Zandvoort in The Netherlands and Austin, Texas in the USA.
“Next year is going to be exciting. 2020 was about gaining confidence with a new car and learning the new circuits. I made positive progress this year and I’m looking forward to taking those lessons with me into 2021. HWA is an excellent team to be racing for and I look forward to building our relationship.
“The changes to the F3 weekend layout make for exciting new challenges. There’s three chances to thrive each weekend and will allow for even closer competition on track. There’s also some new locations so it’ll make it even more exciting.”
“It’s great to see Matteo return to FIA F3 next year. It’s a great environment for any racing driver to grow and Matteo has already demonstrated that he’s an exciting young racing driver with a bright future ahead of him.”