Brazilian Guilherme Samaia has joined Double R Racing for the 2017 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship.
Samaia will race alongside Brit Jamie Chadwick and Australian Harry Hayek at the Surrey-based team. The 20-year-old will become the first Brazilian driver on the 2017 grid and now joins Double R, which ran his fellow countryman Matheus Leist to last year’s British F3 title.
Samaia, who hails from Sao Paulo, has already enjoyed much success in single-seaters after he became the 2015 Brazilian F3 Light champion. He followed that up in 2016 by finishing as runner-up in the Brazilian F3-A category and he now moves to Europe to compete in the UK’s leading single-seater championship.
Samaia said: “I'm really happy to have joined Double R Racing. They are not only champions, they are truly motivated to keep pushing as I am. I feel I have been taken into the family with a warm welcome and have 100% trust in the team as they worked last year with my coach Danilo Dirani, who then coached last year's champion Matheus Leist.
"I used to, and still am at the moment, race in Brazil with the Dallara F308 car and now I face an entirely new challenge with the British F3 car. I have quite a lot to learn, it's my first time in Europe and the tracks, the car and climate are all new to me. The team is helping me to adapt fast, due to my late arrival in the UK at the end of March, and I'm confident we will be strong."
|2016||Runner-up in the Brazilian Formula 3 Championship with three wins and nine podiums|
|2015||Champion in the Brazilian F3 Light Championship|
|2013||Formula Junior Brazil|
|2012||Florida Winter Tour - Junior Rotax|
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|Graduating from||Brazilian Formula 3|