Emanuele Zonzini has signed with Trident Racing for his debut season in the GP3 Series.

The 18-year-old from San Marino tested for both Trident and Lotus GP post-season after finishing fifth in Formula Abarth in 2012. He becomes Trident’s first driver for the 2013 GP3 season.

“2013 is going to be the most important in my entire career,” said Zonzini. “I will be on-track in a very demanding championship, and I will face some very talented drivers with previous GP3 experience. I’ll need to familiarise myself fast with the category’s environment, the car, the tracks and I hope to have a great season with Trident in terms of my professional growth and results.”

Team owner Maurzio Salvadori added: “We are particularly proud to welcome a talented young driver like Emanuele. He left a very strong impression on the team during last autumn’s tests, and despite his young age, he showed he has lots of enthusiasm as well as a good professional approach.

“He’s lucky because his father knows motorsports well and that’s key in a young driver’s growth path. Emanuele still needs to build on some experience but I’m convinced that, lap after lap, he will improve and start achieving some early satisfactory results really fast.”