Spaniard Alex Palou will make his BRDC F4 debut at Silverstone on 16-17 August with Sean Walkinshaw Racing, joining Jordan Albert and Diego Borrelli at the Oxfordshire-based team.
The 17-year-old is currently second in the F3-based Euroformula Open series, having scored victories at the Nürburgring and the Hungaroring and six further podium finishes from the 10 races held so far, as well as taking two pole positions and two fastest laps.
Making the step up to single seaters this year, Palou previously tasted success in karting, competing at an international level since 2009. Palou was crowned as WSK Euro Series champion in 2012, while finishing runner-up in the CIK-FIA European KF3 Championship and in the Copa Campeones Trophy in the same year.
Commenting on his forthcoming F4 debut, Palou said: “I am very happy to be driving for Sean and I will work as hard as possible to give the team the results they deserve. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the championship and the level of competition will be very high so I am really looking forward to making my BRDC F4 debut.”
SWR team owner Sean Walkinshaw commented: “We’re looking forward to getting Alex into the car at Silverstone. His results in Euroformula Open speak for themselves and we hope he can carry that form over into a new category. He hasn’t driven the car yet so he will have some acclimatising to do in Friday testing, but we are confident he’ll be quickly up to speed and challenging for the podium.”