Zak to Race For FIA F3 Team Champions PREMA in 2023

Williams Racing Academy Driver Zak O’Sullivan will compete in FIA Formula 3 next year with the 2022 Team Champions PREMA Racing. The 17-year-old has just completed an impressive rookie year in the series, achieving two podiums and a pole position.

 

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O’Sullivan’s notable junior career saw him win the 2021 GB3 Championship before going on to be awarded the prestigious Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year accolade. Williams Racing, who were among many others to detect his raw talent, selected the GB3 Champion as a member of their highly respected Driver Academy earlier this year, and now play a crucial role in his career.

 

This past season saw him step up to FIA Formula 3 with Carlin Racing, where the Cheltenham-based racer exceeded all expectations, achieving multiple podiums and out-scoring his teammates. He then went on to complete three days of running with PREMA at the FIA F3 Post-Season Test, consistently finishing towards the top of the timings.

 

As the most celebrated and successful lower-formula team of recent years, a move to PREMA is the ideal next step for Zak to progress in his already outstanding career. The Italian outfit are the most decorated FIA Formula 3 team in the championship’s history, with three out of the four Teams’ titles and three out of four Drivers’ titles under their belt. They also have an impressive list of alumni, with past drivers including Formula 1 stars Charles Leclerc, Mick Schumacher and soon-to-be F1 driver Oscar Piastri.

 

Speaking about the announcement, Zak said, “I am really excited to be joining PREMA for the 2023 FIA Formula 3 season. It will be a new environment for me, but PREMA's history says all we need to know so I’m confident we can have a good year together. The first impressions from testing were good, and the pace was pretty strong. I was still learning the car as there are a few differences, and I focused on getting to know all the team and the engineers, as well as learning some Italian as well!”

 

Commenting on Zak’s move to the Italian outfit, PREMA Team Principal Rene Rosin said:We are looking forward to working with Zak. We are impressed by what he achieved in his maiden FIA F3 season and his career so far. He will bring in his experience, which is something we always really value, and he already did an outstanding job in post-season testing. That will boost our preparations for 2023, and we are confident we will see Zak thrive in our environment.“