JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 21: Gabriele Mini of Italy and Hitech Grand Prix (18) poses for a photo during day one of Formula 3 Testing at Circuito de Jerez on September 21, 2022 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Joe Portlock - Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)
Hitech Grand Prix has announced Gabriele Minì as the first driver in their 2023 Formula 3 lineup.
The Italian driver is coming off two years of racing in the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine (FRECA). Minì competed with ART Grand Prix for both of those seasons, finishing seventh in his rookie year and second in 2022. In his second year, he scored three wins and nine podiums to finish as the runner-up.
He’ll be competing in Formula 3 with Hitech in 2023, and against several of his FRECA rivals. Dino Beganovic (who finished first in FRECA) and Paul Aron (who finished third) have already signed with PREMA Racing for 2023.
Despite racing for ART for the past two years, Minì also has recent experience with Hitech. He competed in the Formula Regional Asia Championship with the team this past winter, finishing fourth overall. He took two wins over five rounds and finished just four points behind Isack Hadjar, despite missing out on one of the rounds.
Minì also took part in the Formula 3 post-season test with Hitech at Jerez. He topped the first session of that test and remained quick for the rest of the three days. Following these outings with the British team, he’s locked in for his first season of Formula 3.
Quotes from Mini and Hitech
Minì’s comment said, “After two seasons in FRECA, FIA F3 is the logical step for me and I’m delighted to be joining Hitech for the 2023 season. We already worked together last winter in Formula Regional Asia and enjoyed strong results.
“The team did a solid job last season fighting for the driver’s title until the last round so I’m confident they will perform at the highest level. Testing in Jerez last month went well and I cannot wait to be back in the car next year.”
Hitech’s team principal Oliver Oakes commented: “I have been following Gabriele’s career for some time through Karting, then into F4. We had the pleasure to work with him earlier this year in Asian F3 with good results, seeing first-hand his commitment and talent. He has had an impressive season in FRECA and he was instantly up to speed during the FIA F3 post-season testing in Jerez, so we look forward to seeing him with Hitech in 2023.”
There’s a while to wait before Formula 3 starts up again, the season doesn’t kick off till March in Bahrain.
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