Harrison Newey, the son of legendary Formula 1 designer Adrian Newey, will continue his single seater career in 2016 as he moves up to the FIA European Formula 3 Championship with Van Amersfoort Racing.
The Briton becomes the third seventeen-year-old to join the Dutch squad for the upcoming season, joining Brazilian Pedro Piquet and fellow Brit Callum Ilott, and moves up from racing to second place in the 2014 BRDC F4 Championship, while he also raced last year for Van Amersfoort Racing in a partial ADAC F4 campaign.
“I know Frits and the team well now after competing with them in Germany and also doing my first F3 tests,” said Newey. “I am hugely motivated to race in one of the world’s most competitive single-seater series.
“I think that with VAR it will be the ideal grounding for me to further my racing ambitions and to acquire all the attributes to gain as much experience as possible with a new car and mostly new tracks. I am really looking forward to tackling these fresh challenges.”
Team Principal Fritz van Amersfoort admitted his happiness to see Newey join his team for the forthcoming season, and believes he can show well in what is expected to be another extremely talented Formula 3 field.
“It is great news that Harrison is racing with us in F3 this season,” insisted van Amersfoort. “Of course we know him from F4 last season and we enjoyed working with him greatly.
“He is talented, capable and dedicated; we are thrilled to have him with us. Harrison’s work ethic, which he showed last season, will give him a good advantage as there is no magic in F3; it is all about hard work and determination.
“He is still a young lad but he shows a very impressive level of dedication to his racing which is a very important ingredient to have.”