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Roberto Merhi Secures Prema Powerteam Drive

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Formula 3 Euro Series team Prema Powerteam have confirmed that young Spaniard, Roberto Merhi will be racing alongside fellow countryman Daniel Juncadella in the upcoming 2011 season.

Merhi’s most recent Formula 3 appearance for Prema came at last year’s prestigious Macau Grand Prix, despite having driven the majority of the 2010 season for rivals Mücke Motorsport. He was also participating in the GP3 series, but now vows to concentrate solely on the new F3 season.

Merhi has 2 years of the F3 Euro Series already under his belt, claiming 7th place overall for Manor Motorsport in 2009, and scored his one and only F3 victory for Mücke Motorsport in 2010 en route to 5th place in the championship.

Roberto was bullish heading into the new season, which starts on 3 April at the Paul Ricard circuit. “It’s a pleasure for me to confirm my relationship with the Team Prema,” he said. “Our efforts during the Macau GP Event proved we can do very well together, and I’m fully committed to do my very best racing season so far.

“Our target is to win the championship: I firmly believe this is possible, despite the very high level of my contenders. I’m working hard to improve my performances through a better training, and I can’t wait to drive my car in March.”

Team Principal, Angelo Rosin added: “I really hoped to keep working with Roberto Mehri, after the great experience we had together at Macau on the last November. We know how much talented he is, after having battled with him as a rival in the past two seasons. He’s got fantastic speed skills, and now we are finally able to have him on one of our racecars full-time.”

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