Tasmanian Alex Peroni will be the fourth Australian to compete in the 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship, after extending his partnership with his team Campos Racing.
Peroni’s confirmation now sees him formally join fellow Australians Calan Williams, Jack Doohan and Oscar Piastri in the nine-round Championship, which will run as a support category to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
Peroni made headlines around the world last year after a stunning accident during the category’s penultimate round in Monza, which resulted in the youngster wearing a back brace for three months, before undergoing an intense recovery regime in order to get him back on track.
Now fully fit and ready to go round once again after a tough first year with the Spanish outfit, which saw him claim two top 10 finishes, Peroni was excited to get back into another season.
“I'm excited to be re-joining Campos Racing for the 2020 FIA F3 Championship,” Peroni said.
“Last year was difficult, being my first year at this level and the team’s first year with the new-specification car.
“Although it ended disappointingly, what is really important is that we all learnt an enormous amount. Also the team has strengthened its engineering staff since last year, and that should make quite a difference.
“I feel like I have unfinished business in this championship, and I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Despite Peroni not having the best season, the 20-year-old had clearly done enough to impress his team with Campos Racing principal Adrian Campos delighted to have him back in the team.
“I’m happy to have Alex return for a second FIA F3 Championship season,” Campos said.
“The championship is so competitive that drivers with previous experience have an advantage over first-year drivers.
“Even though his 2019 campaign ended prematurely, Alex showed the potential to be a frontrunner. The off-season has been difficult for him, but I have no doubt that his motivation will bring the results that a driver with his talent deserves.”
The FIA Formula 3 Championship will begin at the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix on 20-22 March.