Ferrari junior Ollie Bearman will step up to Formula 2 next season with Prema.

It will be the Briton’s second year with the team, having joined the Italian outfit for the 2022 FIA Formula 3 Championship which he came third in with one race win.

He moved up to F3 straight from Formula 4, having won the 2021 ADAC and Italian championships in the entry-level category.

“I’m really excited to continue another year with the Prema family, this time in F2,” said Bearman.

“I’m really happy with how my first season went in F3. It was a really nice introduction and I felt like the team coached me throughout the year really well.

“I will continue to work hard over the winter with the Ferrari Driver Academy, in order to be fully prepared for 2023. It will be a tough challenge, but everyone works so hard and I’m really looking forward to the challenge. I’m already really excited for the test in Abu Dhabi and for the first round of 2023 in Bahrain.”

Prema team principal Rene Rosin commented: “We were amazed by how quickly and successfully Ollie transitioned from F4 to F3 racing.

“He is a really talented driver, and while he will be making his first steps in the FIA F2 championship, we are confident he will improve race by race with the support of our team and the Ferrari Driver Academy as well.

“It won’t be easy, because the step from F3 to F2 is considerable, but we are confident in his potential for the season ahead.”