Ferrari youngster Shwartzman joins Prema in F3
16 December 2017 – Ferrari-backed Robert Shwartzman will graduate to the FIA European Formula 3 Championship with Prema in 2018, the team confirmed on Saturday.
Schwartzman, 18, finished third in the 2017 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 standings and was recently confirmed as a new recruit to Ferrari's young driver scheme.
"I'm looking forward to the 2018 season with Prema and the Ferrari Driver Academy," said Shwartzman.
"The step to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship will be key for my career and I'm sure that we will be a highly competitive all-around combination.
"In addition, it will be a healthy environment to make further progress so I'm confident that we have all that it takes to perform and keep improving throughout the year."
Added Team Principal René Rosin: "We are delighted to have Robert with us in 2018.
"He impressed in testing and I think he has the right potential for a successful campaign.
"He is not only skilled, but also, despite his young age, remarkably experienced.
"He will be an extremely valuable resource for the team in the challenging 2018 season and we are sure that, with the help of the Ferrari Driver Academy, he will have the chance to make further steps forward."
Shwartzman joins fellow Ferrari youngster Marcus Armstrong at Prema's F3 stable.