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Colapinto joins Williams Racing academy

Argentine driver Franco Colapinto will join the Williams Racing driver academy, announced on Monday.

The 19-year-old will compete in the FIA Formula 3 Championship with MP Motorsport during the 2023 season. Colapinto claimed the pole position during his debut F3 qualifying session in Bahrain. He concluded the season with five podiums and two victories, for a total of 76 points and P9 in the standings.

“It’s a real honor to join Williams Racing Team as an Academy Driver,” Colapinto said. “They are one of the most successful teams in Formula 1 history and I am looking forward to following in the footsteps of my fellow countryman Carlos Reutemann.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for which I am forever grateful. Thanks to everyone at Williams for putting their trust in me,” he continued.

Williams’ sporting director Sven Smeets said they are “delighted to welcome Franco to the [academy]. His career achievements since starting karting highlight Franco’s natural ability behind the wheel and what he’s capable of in the years to come.

“He had a standout rookie season in Formula 3 with several strong performances that led to podiums and wins. We look forward to working closely with Franco to support and nurture his development as a driver.”

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