Matheo Tuscher has joined the FIA Formula Two Championship ahead of the first round of the season at Silverstone this weekend, becoming the series' youngest driver aged only 15.
The Swiss driver began racing single-seaters last year, contesting the Formula Pilota China series. He won eight of the 12 races to win the title with a comfortable margin over his nearest rival.
Tuscher tested both F2 and GP3 machinery over the winter, ending up fifth fastest in the F2 pre-season test at Silverstone last month.
“I’m very excited to embark on the 2012 F2 championship,” said Tuscher, who doesn't turn 16 until December. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity for me and I am very thankful to my sponsors, parents and team for their support and guidance.
“Last year I was racing in Asia, wining the Formula Pilota championship, this year I am thrilled to discover the European circuits. F2 offers a unique challenge combining six grand prix circuits with a fantastic car equipped with an overboost facility, which I love, and a level playing field for all drivers. My aim this season will be to improve my skills, and win the best rookie award.”
F2 Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer said he was pleased to have a young driver of Tuscher's talent and potential on the grid, and that he was impressed by what he had seen of him so far.
“I watched Matheo during both the winter test sessions and last month’s Silverstone test and was instantly impressed at how quick he was for someone so young, and for his first time in the Williams F2 car,” said Palmer.
“Having raced predominately in Asia in less powerful single seaters, F2 provides him with the perfect platform in which to develop his career on a level – and very competitive – playing field whilst learning some of Europe’s top circuits and I have no doubt he’ll prove just what a talent he is.”