Stroll retained by Prema Powerteam for 2016


Ferrari Driver Academy driver Lance Stroll will compete for a second season in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship after being retained by multiple championship winning team Prema Powerteam.

The seventeen-year-old Canadian secured his maiden series victory in race one of the season finale at Hockenheim, and will be looking to build on the progress he made during the second half of 2015, having had his on-track issues in the early stages of the season.

Of his most notable issues were his collision with Antonio Giovinazzi at Monza, for which he was blamed, and then he was banned from the final race at Spa-Francorchamps for another crash that eliminated team-mate Felix Rosenqvist and Mücke Motorsport’s Mikkel Jensen as the trio fought for the lead.

But Stroll’s form picked up around the races at Zandvoort, and was always a threat to the podium thereafter, securing five additional podium finishes on top of his race win.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be racing with Prema Powerteam for a third consecutive year,” said Stroll, who also raced for the team in Italian Formula 4 in 2014.

“I’m certain that Prema will give me the equipment and support for me to launch an attack on the 2016 FIA F3 European title which is my goal for next season.

“I joined Prema in my first season of car racing last year and they guided me to the Italian F4 title. This year they’ve done an awesome job for me in my maiden F3 season.

“I honestly could not be any happier than continuing to work with René [Rosin, Team Manager] and his team again next year and I know we will be ultra-competitive.”