Mari Boya, the runner-up in the 2020 Spanish Formula 4 championship, has made the last-minute switch from FA Racing to Van Amersfoort Racing for the 2021 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine season.
Boya completed two of the three pre-season tests with FA Racing but skipped the final test at the Circuit Paul Ricard, and the seventeen-year-old has now found a new home ahead of the start of the season this weekend at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
“I am extremely excited to get started in FRECA with Van Amersfoort Racing,” said Boya. “Sure, I would have liked some extra prep time with the team, but both VAR and I are confident and strongly dedicated towards making this a success story!
“Things move at a high pace and that suits me. I have spent already valuable time with the team in the Netherlands and I am ready to hit the track very soon. It is pretty awesome that we share the track with Formula 1 multiple times on legendary tracks.
“Simply can’t wait for the lights to go out at Imola this upcoming weekend!”
Boya joins Spanish compatriot Lorenzo Fluxá and Italian Francesco Pizzi at the team for the 2021 season, and Rob Niessink, the CEO of Van Amersfoort Racing, feels they can bring out the best in the teenager despite their limited preparations.
“Unexpectedly, a FRECA seat became available in our team and we are very happy with Mari filling it!” said Niessink. “Despite the short preparation time and despite the fact that there was no possibility to test with us before the start of the championship, we are very positive towards the upcoming season together with him.
“Mari impressed in the 2020 Spanish F4 series where he showed talent, speed and consistent performance, indicating that he is ready for this next step. Our team is very excited and dedicated towards bringing out the best in him!”