– Formula Regional champion ready for next challenge
– Enters F1 support paddock with important career move
Dino Beganovic will graduate to the FIA Formula 3 Championship with PREMA Racing in 2023 on the back of winning this year’s Formula Regional European Championship title.
In making an important next step of his career, the 18-year-old Swede joins one of the official Formula 1 feeder categories, with races forming part of the Grand Prix support bill.
PREMA Racing are the reigning FIA Formula 3 teams’ champions, winning three races in 2022. Beganovic will form part of a three-car line-up for the Italian squad next year, further extending a successful relationship started back in 2020.
Beganovic recently participated in the official FIA F3 post-season tests in Jerez, Spain, sampling the 380-bhp Dallara-built car for the first time.
“I am extremely happy to be racing with PREMA, my team, in the 2023 FIA Formula 3 Championship,” says Dino Beganovic. “It will be our fourth year together, and I’m very proud to continue working with everybody in the team. Testing in Jerez put us in a good position with the preparations for next season, and we want to continue from that.
“PREMA has an amazing history in Formula 3 and won at least one championship per year there. I think this is definitely a step in the right direction for my future and for the team, as we have been working for a long time together.”
A longtime Ferrari Driver Academy member, Beganovic began his career with PREMA in 2020, finishing third in Italian Formula 4. For 2021, he moved to the highly-competitive Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine (FRECA), claiming his first podium in his rookie season.
For 2022, he stayed in the FRECA championship and quickly emerged as a leading contender, winning three races in the first three events, and adding a fourth later in the season. His outstanding performance and consistency eventually allowed him to wrap up the title at last weekend’s series finale at Mugello.
“We have been working with Dino since the very beginning of his single-seater career, and we are elated to continue for 2023,” says PREMA Racing team principal René Rosin. “We went through Formula 4 and Formula Regional with increasingly impressive results together, and his run in FRECA shows how competent and outstanding he has become as a driver.
“The 2023 season will be a key step in shaping the rest of his career, and there is great promise. We are willing to support Dino in making a positive impact right from the start, and we will work as hard as possible throughout the winter months.”
The 2023 FIA Formula 3 Championship calendar is yet to be confirmed, but will feature a visit to Melbourne, Australia, for the first time in series history.