Paul Aron, the eighteen-year-old Estonian driver, has joined Italian giants PREMA Powerteam ahead of the 2023 FIA F3 season.
Paul Aron currently sits in third place in the Formula Regional European Championship (FREC), racing for PREMA. As Aron heads to Barcelona next week for the penultimate round of the championship, he enters knowing what the future has in store.
Having already taken four victories and five podiums this season, PREMA announced that he would one of three drivers to participate in the F3 post-season test in Jerez, Spain last month. Teaming up alongside 2022 F3 rookie Zak O’Sullivan and FREC and PREMA teammate Dino Beganovic, all three found themselves in the top ten throughout the three-day session.
Aron is also a Mercedes Junior Team driver having joined the program in 2019.
🚨 Paul Aron steps up to #F3!
— Formula 3 (@FIAFormula3) October 6, 2022
Following the announcement, Aron stated:
“I am very very happy, excited, and thankful to join a team like PREMA in the FIA Formula 3 Championship for the 2023 season. They proved themselves year after year, always having three cars on top and showing great pace. I am delighted to spend another year with them, and I am confident they will give me the best possible package to fight for the win. I am really looking forward to seeing what we will be able to achieve next year.”
A Fourth Champion in Five Years?
PREMA is the marquee team since the series officially became Formula 3. In those four years, the team has claimed three team Championships and seen their drivers win three Driver Championships. That includes next season’s McLaren rookie, Oscar Piastri, who won F3 for PREMA in 2020. With Aron as their first confirmed driver for 2023, can they repeat that success next year?
Rene Rosin, Team Manager added:
“We are extremely delighted to continue working with Paul. We have always been aware of his winning potential, and we think he will keep producing impressive runs in the future, even in a very competitive and highly-challenging environment like Formula 3. It will be a learning year, but we are sure there will be many chances to challenge for high-profile results, so our goal is to push right from the winter preparations to be ready for 2023.”
— PREMA (@PREMA_Team) October 6, 2022
Aron is now the second driver to have been announced for next season. He joins fellow FREC driver Gabriel Borteleto who recently signed with Trident Racing.
2023 Formula 3 Driver Lineup
- Trident Racing: Gabriel Bortoleto, TBD & TBD
- PREMA Powertrain: Paul Aron, TBD & TBD
As drivers (and teams) continue to be announced, we will expand the table above.