Ilott moves to Van Amersfoort for 2016 campaign

Callum Ilott will switch from Carlin to Van Amersfoort Racing for the 2016 FIA European Formula 3 Championship season, but will no longer race in the colours of the Red Bull Junior Team.

The teenage Briton was the only driver to finish all thirty-three races in 2015, and took a best finish of third at the Nurburgring on his way to twelfth place in the final standings, but switches to Van Amersfoort Racing for his sophomore season.

“Teaming up with VAR for 2016 is an ideal move and I have a good feeling about them,” revealed Ilott, who joins Brazilian Pedro Piquet in the team. “They have come close to winning the F3 Championship over the last 2 years and are pushing very hard to improve.

“The fact that famous F1 names are putting their sons with VAR also says a lot about the team culture.”

Team boss Fritz van Amersfoort, who has taken Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc to race wins and close to the championship in the past two seasons, has welcomed the addition of Ilott to his team.

“Callum was on our radar from the very first pre season test,” insisted van Amersfoort. “The transition from go kart to single seater worked very well for him, despite his young age. He was also the only one of 35 drivers to finish all 33 races of the championship.

“During the first test with us in early November Callum already showed true racing spirit. Our main goal will be to help him in his ambition to be a regular front runner during his second season in autosport.”