David Fumanelli has signed with Trident Racing for the coming GP3 Series season. The Italian joins his compatriots after finishing 11th in the 2012 standings with MW Arden.

20-year-old Fumanelli posted fast times in post-season testing with his old team but was left surplus to requirements following the signing of Red Bull pair Danill Kvyat and Carlos Sainz and Romanian Robert Visoiu.

He has now been offered refuge by Trident, joining San Marino’s Emanuele Zonzini at Maurizio Salvadori’s outfit.

“It hasn’t been an easy winter because I struggled to put the strings together for a 2013 program,” Fumanelli said.

“The turning point has been a visit to the Trident headquarters. I’ve been very impressed by the facilities and met highly motivated staff. In addition to that, the investment made in terms of developing the new car has been huge.

“I already started to work with the simulator, luckily I live very close to the team’s base and I’m sure that we’ll be performing great this season. We’ll be on-track with a new car, but the experience made last year will be useful too.

“I can say I’m expecting a top-notch season. I want to be a contender in all races and reap the benefits at the end of the season in order to be at the front end of the charts.”

Trident are reportedly in talks to retain another Italian driver Giovanni Venturini after he scored two podium finishes in a part-campaign with the team last year.