Swiss driver Mauro Calamia's step up to the FIA Formula Two Championship has been confirmed by series organisers.
The 20-year-old took part in the pre-season test at Silverstone last week, but finished the day bottom of the timesheets.
2012 will be Calamia's fourth in single-seaters. In 2009 and 2010 he competed in the Formula BMW-based Formel Lista Junior series, finishing tenth and 11th in the two seasons. Last season he raced in Formula Renault Alps, finishing tenth overall.
“I'm really looking forward to driving in Formula Two this year,” he said.
“It's a great car to drive and I'm enjoying the new tyres and brakes, but the increased power and speed make it a big step up for me to what I've driven before. I aiming to be in the top 10 at the opening rounds at Silverstone but we'll just have to see how it goes.”
Jonathan Palmer, Formula Two Chief Executive, added: “I'm delighted to welcome Mauro into the 2012 F2 championship. He performed very solidly in winter testing where he made excellent progress and I'm sure there's much more to come.
“The Williams F2 car is a big step up from anything he's driven before, but thanks to F2's unique data sharing feature he'll have every opportunity to close on the pace of the more experienced drivers, and I'm sure he'll be surprising people as the season develops.”