Prema Powerteam is delighted to announce it has signed Callum Ilott for the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Over the past two seasons the 18-year-old driver from Cambridge has emerged as one of the brightest new prospects International Formula 3 competition.
In 2015, he took his first steps in single seaters, moving up from the kart racing ranks. His outright potential was immediately impressive and he just missed the top-10 in the championship. This season, he secured two wins that handed him a brilliant sixth place in points.
René Rosin - Team Manager
“I am thrilled to be able to collaborate with Callum for the next European Formula 3 season. As he was one of our main competitors in the last couple of years, we got to know him well ,and his progress as he became one of the benchmark drivers in the championship. More than once, he showed outstanding natural car control skills that helped him excel,especially in challenging conditions such as we saw in Macau last weekend. Working with him will be exciting and we are really looking forward to getting started.”
“We looked at all the possibilities for 2017: GP3, Indy Lights as well as GP2 but in the end with only two years of car racing experience, another year in F3 made the most sense. Prema’s record is impeccable, and having decided to return F3, it was the team I focussed on joining. I spent a lot of time in my karting career in Italy, it’s a country I love. Just walking around the Prema factory, the ‘family feeling’ you get with the Italian teams came flooding back. With its successful GP2 squad, I think it’s also a team that offers the chance to climb the ladder to F1. I’d like to thank VAR for everything they did for me in 2016. They enabled me to get my first wins in cars, something I’ll never forget. Now it’s time to take that knowledge and aim for the championship in 2017 and to start the test program as soon as possible. I don’t know who all my team mates are going to be but Prema has shown it can manage multiple cars and drivers successfully so I think we can push together to create some new records in the category.”