BRDC British Formula 3 Championship newcomers Arden Motorsport have announced their first 2021 challenger in the form of British F4 Rookie Cup runner-up Frederick Lubin.
Six Cup wins took Lubin to ninth in the overall points standings over the season, with a season-best finish of fourth place outright.
Arden team-mates Alex Connor and Roman Bilinski finished fourth and eighth respectively, with both drivers receiving points deductions over the course of the season.
He finished second in the Rookie Cup behind Carlin‘s Christian Mansell, who has also just been announced as moving up to British F3 with the Farnham team.
The Arden Young Driver Racing Academy (YRDA) graduate’s 13 Rookie Cup podiums and points finishes in 21 of his 26 starts impressed Arden’s top brass enough to warrant an opportunity in Britain’s premier single-seater series.
Garry Horner, Arden Team Principal, told the team’s website “Everybody at Arden Motorsport is delighted to extend our partnership with Frederick into the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship next year.
“He’s a popular figure with everybody at the team, and the results he brought home last year speak volumes about his development as a driver.
“It’s now time for a new challenge, and one the team is looking forward to greatly as we expand into British F3.”
Lubin added “I’m really excited to announce the next step in my single seater journey with Arden.
“We enjoyed a really positive, successful season together in 2020, and I’m really looking forward to building on that development in the year ahead.
“The car itself is fantastic, and I’m already feeling very comfortable with the environment we’ve built up within the team for next season.
“The aim now is to continue that progress over the winter and be ready to hit the ground running in mine – and the teams – debut in April.”
Lubin is the fourth British F4 graduate announced for BRDC British F3 so far for 2021.
Christian Mansell and Zak O’Sullivan have been confirmed as staying on at Carlin, who have run the last two British F3 champions, Clément Novalak in 2019 and Kaylen Frederick last season.
Roberto Faria will stay with Fortec Motorsport after moving up from British F4 midway through last season; the Brazilian put in some stellar performances in the second half of the campaign. He finished 14th in the standings despite only participating in the final four British F3 rounds.
Arden have been running a winter testing programme with the Tatuus BF3-020, and are expected to announce their second British F3 driver for 2021 in due course.