Lorandi leads three-car Carlin assault on Masters of Formula 3

Alessio Lorandi - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

FIA European Formula 3 Championship regular and Pau Grand Prix winner Alessio Lorandi will compete in this year’s Masters of Formula 3 event at Zandvoort in a three-car Carlin squad alongside Colton Herta and Ameya Vaidyanathan.

EuroFormula Open racers Herta and Vaidyanathan will take part to get experience of the Formula 3 car ahead of expected moves to the European Formula 3 scene in 2017, while Lorandi will be looking to add another historic Formula 3 title to his Pau victory.

Lorandi had a strong weekend at Zandvoort earlier this year when the European Formula 3 championship raced there, claiming a podium finish in one of the races, and is looking for another strong outing across the weekend of 20/21 August.

“I’m pleased to be racing at the Masters with Carlin especially considering that when we raced here earlier in the season in the FIA Formula Three European Championship we came away with a podium and a strong weekend,” said Lorandi. “I think we can have a good race here and I’m looking forward to it.”

Herta has hit some strong form in his rookie EuroFormula Open campaign, claiming his first pole position and first podium finish last time out at Silverstone, and is happy to be taking part in the Masters event at Zandvoort.

“I’m very excited to be racing at the Zandvoort Masters considering that it is such a historic race,” said Herta. “I have a good team in Carlin behind me who I’ve been working with well in various championships and together I’m sure we can get the most from the weekend.”

For Vaidyanathan, it will be more key time behind the wheel of a Formula 3 car, feeling his experience in EuroFormula Open will hopefully mean an easier transition into the European Formula 3 car.

“I’ve heard a lot about how great the F3 Masters as an event is, and as far as circuits go, many people consider Zandvoort a favourite so it’s sure to be an exciting weekend!” said Vaidyanathan.

“I’ve already done quite a bit in the EuroFormula Open car which has made the transition into an FIA F3 car smoother, but getting a feel for the Kumho tyres specific to this race will be interesting. I’m really looking forward to it.”